July Favorites ~ 2016

 

Today, after dinner I had a hankering for chocolate something fierce! So I caved and had my brother pick me up a chocolate bar from the hardware store when he ran there for a dowel. Smile I enjoyed it immensely with a glass of raw milk. I then read the back of the package and was thanked for eating my chocolate bar because it helps support children’s education! Who knew you could make a difference by eating a bar of chocolate! I feel so much better about that splurge now! LOL!Read More »

Crown Braid Tutorial/Announcement

Hello Lovelies!

My announcement is that I have launched a Hair Tutorial/Beauty Channel on Youtube! I am super excited about it! I have big plans for it in the future. Doing Hair and coming up with styles is something that I love and take great joy in, so I thought it would be appropriate to title the Channel this:

 For The Love Of Hair!

Be sure to subscribe on youtube so that you will get an update when I post a video.
As I promised in this previous post, I have created a crown braid hair tutorial for you all! I spent quite a bit of time on the editing because I wanted it to be as good as it could be! Here it is!

 

Be sure to let me know if you tried it! I would love it if you sent me a picture of the style if you do decide to give it a try!

Do you like doing hair? Did you like the tutorial?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Writing Prompt 020

Writing Prompt 020

 

The old house sighed softly in the evening air. Another day alone, lonely, with no life save the swallows in the chimney stirring within. The weeds had so overgrown the grounds that all he could see was a mass of green and brown that choked and surrounded the gate. He settled down for the night as the darkness swept across the countryside, hastening to meet him like a familiar friend. He enjoyed the darkness. It had a calming effect and it was easier to call for the memories of days gone by.

He remembered the days when a family had lived within his once beautiful and well cared for walls that were now crumbing beneath the weight of decay. He remembered the children laughing and pattering with their little feet across his rich wood floors. He recalled how they slid down the banisters with giggles that echoed in his large and airy apartments. He remembered the sadness that he had witnessed them experience and the fights between the master and mistress of the home. He had cringed as their shouts had escalated and their anger had rasped. The day came when the mother scraped her suitcase across his beautiful floors and thumped them down the porch steps. He had watched her get into her car and drive away, spitting dirt from behind the tires as she peeled out of the drive.

He remembered the quite, hushed conversations, the tears that had been shed quietly, behind closed doors. They seemed to him something holy and sacred that only he had witnessed. He had ached for the family, and wished for brighter days. But soon, they too packed up and left, leaving little within his walls. A mouse had made its home in the pantry, raising her young and ravaging through the remains of what was once a home. The swallows had taken up residence within the chimney, their fledglings crying for food and flapping away. Yes, families still resided within the structure, but he longed for the human kind. He longed for his own family back.

 

This prompt came to me and I almost cried writing it. Smile I just love how it turned out and  It marks a bit of a milestone! I have now completed 20 writing prompts here on the blog. I love doing them so much! It allows my brain a short, sweet creative flight of fancy without the commitment that a large project requires. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

Let me know what you thought in the comments below!
By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Polkadots and Mint Outfit + Giveaway Winner + Links

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I have come to realize that I have been woefully lacking when it comes to outfit posts, what with the giveaways and other things that have been going on. I definitely still have a huge heart for dressing modestly and encouraging others that it is possible to do and stay on a budget and look great at the same time. I have lots of outfits that I have pictures of ready to share that I am very excited about. I wore this outfit out shopping recently and I absolutely Love it!

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I got this silky polka dot high-waisted skirt from a thrift store and It was an awkward length, so I cut it down to the same length as my fave black skirt from E-shakti that I posted about here. It is now the perfect length and lovely for summer. I have worn it before on the blog in my Fourth of July Outfit Post.  I have been enjoying it so much! I paired it with this mint t-shirt and used these adorable sneakers for a casual and comfortable “shopping” outfit. I just love polka dots! I don’t what it is but when I am shopping or going through fabric, I find myself instantly drawn to polka dots and stripes a lot. I now have 2 polka dot skirts in my wardrobe! This one is navy and the other is black so I am ok with it. Plus, they are different cuts. This one reminds me of a 50’s silhouette.  I Just love that look and it seems like a style that fits me really well. It has become a silhouette that is a trademark of a part of my style.

If you know me, you also know that I love doing hair and I loved this style. It was my take on a Mohawk bun, and it is so easy and pretty. I love the way that it was loose around my face, was quick to put together and looks sophisticated yet messy at the same time.

 

Outfit Details:

Polka dot Skirt: thrifted $5

Mint T-shirt: Forever 21 $2.99

Levi Tennis shoes: Costco $21

Earrings: Jewels by Julia

 

Now, without any further ado, the winner of the custom made “Readers gonna Read” tote is:

Trisha!

Congratulations Trish!

 

Also, for those of you who may not have noticed, two of the bloggers that I tagged in my most recent “Get to Know me post” posted their response to the tag! You can check out their posts, you will thoroughly enjoy them and I loved getting to know these beautiful and great bloggers!

Madison from Minnie Muse ( I love this girls blog! It is so beautiful and I love her posts! I find so much inspiration on her blog!)

Melani from Reflections of the Heart ( Melani shares a lot of great outfits and posts on modesty. )

 

Do you like polka dots? Do you like doing your hair?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Writing Prompt 018

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Lily turned her head to catch the cool breeze blowing off the lake and let it cool her hot face. She had been waiting for several hours and her clothes had become sticky and she was so hot. The birds chirped in the trees and the sound of little animals rustling in the forest floor struck her as beautiful sounds in comparison to the noisy bustle of the city and the racket of trains running by the window of the school she had just arrived from. The song of another bird thrilled her heart with its lovely melody. The smell of the woods, earthy, slightly damp and musky tickled her nose with its smell.

She longed to see the landscape that surrounded her. She rarely allowed herself to think thoughts of self-pity, but her tired body didn’t wish to put up the fight any longer. It had been a long journey just after a recent illness and her flesh and spirit were ever so weary. A vicious headache pounded in her temples, increasing her desire for rest. Tears of exhaustion filled her sightless eyes and spilled onto her cheeks. She knew she needed to remain strong. It wouldn’t be long till her brother would arrive, and then all would be well. Or at least, so she hoped.

 

This writing prompt is actually based off a story I started to write probably more than 5 years ago. I saw this picture and instantly thought of the story I had started of a blind girl leaving behind the blind school she had lived in for years and going to live with her brother who lived in the woods and was a man who used herbs and other plants to create medicines. She had been sitting on the front porch of his cabin, waiting for him, having been dropped off by a man who drove the freight wagon from the train station. Rewriting this scene has made me want to make a book out of it! Perhaps someday!

 

What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Get to know me. . . 4 Things

My friend did this Q&A on Facebook. It was a list of several sets of 4 things. I don’t have a Facebook, so I decided to do it on my blog and add or subtract to it a little! I hope you enjoy this! I am even going to tag some bloggers to participate if they want!

This is just to let you get to know me a little better. It is certainly not all encompassing, but it shares some fun and little known facts about me! One of the special things about blogs is how we get to know others and make friends with similar interests or beliefs. Maybe you could comment below! I would love to learn a little more about you!

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Four places I have lived:

I haven’t lived 4 places! LOL! I lived 20 minutes away from where I live now until I was 2 and too young to remember, then we moved where we are now and I can’t really see us moving. Most people would consider us crunched into this little house with only 1248 square feet, but we are used to it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love our little 2 acre slice of heaven out in the country with lots of privacy. The town is a small college town, but good! And anything we need is really 5 minutes away at a small grocery store, but there are three shopping towns within 20 minutes in any direction!

 

Four places I have visited:

1 ~ Florida (A fond but faint memory from when I was 9 and got to spend a week on the beaches. To us fresh water lovers, the salt water was so weird and my younger brother and myself realized we swim with our mouths open. We kept running to the water fountains to rinse out our mouths! Another thing I remember is that I got bit by a sting ray! Not stung, bit. I stepped on it and when I stepped off, it swam over my foot and bit the top of it. Needless to say, I wore water shoes the rest of the time. There was also a shark sighting at the beach we went to for two of the days. Uh. . . I’ll take Lake Michigan. It feels just as big and we don’t have sharks!)

2 ~ Williamsburg Virginia (I was only 9 but this history loving girl thought it was awesome! but my legs got tired.)

3 ~ Mammoth caves, Kentucky (I hated the cave bugs that looked too much like spiders to my young eyes. Even though the cave tour guide said that they were not arachnids. Look lady, I know a spider when I see one)

4 ~ Sharpsburg, Georgia right by Atlanta (to visit my bestie! And we got to go to the Georgia Aquarium! AMAZING! And me made a visit to Hobby Lobby of course!)

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Four TV shows I watch:

1 ~ Fixer Upper from HGTV ( love this one!)

2 ~ Chopped from Food Network (now I am hungry. Our family watches Food Network for entertainment! Now we are foodies and can all cook pretty well!)

3 ~ When Calls the Heart

4 ~ Little House on the Prairie ( we have all the dvd sets! All 10 seasons. I just recently learned that not all families watched this when they were growing up! LOL! Seriously, the best tv show ever!)

 

Four of my favorite foods:

1 ~ Homemade Focaccia bread with goat cheese, pesto, tomato slices and Himalayan pink salt sprinkled on top. ( you have to spread it on in that order, and incidentally, this is the only way I will eat raw tomatoes!)

2 ~ Steamed asparagus, chilled and wrapped in turkey slices with cream cheese ranch spread

3 ~ Corn Chex with a spoonful of homemade strawberry freezer jam and milk. (this is one of those childhood foods that I love!)

4 ~ pickle cucumbers fresh from the garden unpeeled!

 

Four things I like to drink:

1 ~ Iced coffee with a dash of cream and a hint of stevia.

2 ~ Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks with half the sugar free syrup, and an extra shot of coffee. And of course I want the whipped cream on top!  (this is a treat and I only get this like once a month. . . my mouth is watering. In the winter, I drink the same thing in latte form)

3 ~ Lemon flavored Spritzer Water.

4 ~ Homemade Ginger Kombucha! I dare you to google that in case you have never heard of it! If you have heard of it, comment and tell me so I can embrace a fellow Kombucha sister!)

 

Four pet peeves:

1 ~ Selfish drivers. You know, those people who don’t seem to realize that they are required to share the road and get to their destination in the safest way for everyone possible? This might just be exacerbated by the fact that I drive a 15 passenger van and most people have to either pass me (despite the fact that I am going the speed limit) or not let me in to traffic.

2 ~ Frozen, then thawed strawberries. They get all slimy and just ew.

3 ~ Those people who seem to think that you have to go to college to be able to make anything at all good out of your life. As if I can’t stay busy at home. Why is it so weird that I trust God with my future and am waiting for him to guide me? If he wanted me to go to college, I’d be there!

4 ~ Scratchy pens. Need I say more?

 

Four wacky or odd things about me:

1 ~ I am a voracious reader and I have an unfortunate issue that when I read a word that I have never heard before, I can often say it wrong. For instance: Epitome. My pronunciation: epi-tome as in tone. Don’t even get me started on rendezvous. Try saying it the way it looks. Yeah, you get the idea. I have a list that my family likes to remember and laugh about! I still can’t get aristocracy right.

2 ~ I sometimes can’t find the right word, and work through a laundry list before I hit the right one, often getting frustrated in the process and having a red face. “could you hand me that comb, cup, I MEAN PEN!” I think this one is genetic because my mom does it too. Sometimes I sit there staring at my sister, just sputtering because the word I am trying to say won’t come out! LOL! It is probably kind of hilarious to watch!

3 ~ I love bracelets! the more the merrier! My friend teases me and says I like to wear bracelet sleeves since I like to layer them! LOL! Not quite, but they are really hard to resist if they are in my budget. Sometimes I can just drool over a rack of them.

4 ~ I’m allergic to horses. I would get hives, my eyes would itch, water, and swell, and I would sneeze my head off. Which for a while was pretty sad because I love horses. but, I can usually deal with it if I take an allergy pill, and don’t touch anything anywhere near my face after touching a horse. which means don’t rub my eyes, don’t rub my nose, don’t touch anything or scratch anything until I wash my hands. Then I just change clothes when I get home. I still have hopes of doing some horse things, and I have heard of people getting used to it after long periods of time.

 

Bloggers I nominate:

Melani from Reflections of the Heart

Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion

Madison from Minnie Muse

 

If you don’t have a blog, I would love to see some of your answers to these questions, so you can most certainly comment so I can get to know YOU a little better too!

 

By God’s Grace

Victoria

P.S, don’t forget to check out the giveaway! You have three more days to enter!

How To Make Sundresses Modest

I gave up on dress for the longest time. I couldn’t find any that fit my modesty standards. After years of trying, I threw in the towel and gave up. But with a little ingenuity and creativity, dresses can often times be made modest! Here are some ways!

 

The Cover.

Often times the tops of dresses leave a lot to be desired. But there are some great options for cover ups!

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