Oct 21, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for dressing)

This post is written by fashion contributor, Cami!  

Autumn is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the clothes. I love to dress in layers and fall colors. Dressing in layers can be tricky, you don’t want to look bulky or be too warm. The key to dressing in layers and avoiding these pitfalls is to choose thin layers. Also, if you are going somewhere you think you will need to remove or add layers, it is helpful to not wear too many items that have to be slipped over your head; instead, choose items that button or zip down the front.

The outfit above involves basic layers: a lightweight tank top under a lightweight button-up and a jacket to top it off. You will notice that only the tank top has to be put on over your head, so you won’t have to worry about messing up your hair or makeup if it gets too warm for the shirt or jacket.

You can also dress your layers up for work or a night out. Be sure to keep in mind that you are looking for light layers (silk, organza, cotton) to cut down on bulk and heat.  

Most importantly, have fun, take chances. Autumn is the best time of year for dressing, so take advantage of it!

Oct 20, 2014

Blogger Love Dare-Day 15-Love is honorable

If you do not follow me on Facebook or if you are new to my blog then you might not know that I am participating in The Love Dare that Tausha from Taush.O put together.  Everyday for the last 14 days a different blogger has talked about a different aspect of love.

There are printables to go with each day and there is a dare for you to accomplish each day.  It is our desire to have stronger marriages in our personal lives, but also to all have stronger marriages in our online communities.

This movement is based off the the book The Love Dare which is the main prop in the movie Fireproof.  I talk about this more in this post.  In that same post I direct you to Tausha's blog so you can get the various blogs to visit along with the cute printables.

Today is my day to share the dare and the printable to go with it.  Day 15 is all about honor.  In the book it defines honor as follows, "To honor someone means to give them respect and high esteem, to treat them as being special and of great worth.  When you speak to them, you choose your words carefully.  You are more courteous and polite.  When they speak to you, you give their words valuable weight and significance.  You willingly go the extra mile to accommodate them if at all possible, simply out of respect for who they are."  

I love this.  I think we all can safely say that we begin the marriage process by dating our spouse.  We honor them...if we didn't then we wouldn't have married each other, right?  However, for some strange reason we forget to continue this.  I am speaking generally when I say we.  Sometimes we treat the ones we love the most the worst.  At least at times we do this. 

I love this dare because it helps us think about our spouse.  It helps us think of ways to honor them. Actually that is what I like about the whole Love Dare series.  It is a great way to give all of us steps to put our spouses first.  

If you put your spouse first time after time then your spouse will start doing the same. Well at least that happens most of the time.  I do not want to get in trouble by saying it WILL and then it doesn't.  But more often than not it affects your spouse positively. 

I made of list of ways I show my husband that I honor him.  Feel free to use some of them. 
  1. Let him "win" from time to time in disagreements.
  2. Ask for his opinion. 
  3. Forgive him when he upsets me. 
  4. Ask him how his day is going.  If it is bad then ask how I can help make it better.  If he doesn't give me an idea then I take matters into my own hand and do something nice.  
  5. Show love to his family and friends.  Be kind to them.
  6. Don't give him unrealistic expectations to meet. 
  7. Pray for him. 
  8. Make his dreams my dreams. 
  9. Talk about him to friends, family, and strangers respectfully. 
  10. Recognize when he does something great. 
What are ways you honor your spouse?

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Oct 17, 2014

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

Earlier this week I had my "night off" (see what I'm talking about here) and I took advantage of it by decorating pumpkins.  Well Hannelore did help me with one of them.  It was so fun.  I love how they turned out. 

Hannelore helped me pick out the ideas that I was going to use as my inspiration.  So she was involved a little bit in the process.  She painted her own pumpkins at her Halloween party (here).

These 4 pumpkins took me an hour and a half from start to finish.  This includes cleaning the pumpkins, prepping everything, and adding the finishing touches.  I do not think that is too bad.  Also, I have to start off saying that these are relatively mess-free ways to decorate pumpkins.  My hands got a little paint on them, but not too bad.  They are not as mess-free as vinyl and not as precise as vinyl, but I liked the look of them not being exact. 

1.  Very simple jute wrapped stem pumpkin (Inspiration #3

Wind jute around the stem of the pumpkin.  I love the simplicity of this.  I also love jute.  Can you tell?  I have been using it a lot in my projects.  I hot glued the beginning of the jute to the base of the stem.  I hot glued the jute in places that needed "help" staying where I wanted it to stay.  Then I hot glued the very end of the jute.  Done!  So easy. 

2.  Starry night pumpkin (Inspiration #5)

This one was for my baby girl.  She is in love with the moon and the stars.  She looks for them every night and during the day she talks about them.  Again, this pumpkin is very easy.  I spray painted the whole pumpkin black, stem and all.  After the paint was dry I decided where I wanted the moon and painted it silver (I did a full moon because it is more Halloween-y, unlike the inspiration picture).  Then I randomly placed the gold star stickers all over the pumpkin.  Done!  Hannelore LOVES it! 

3.  Abstract pumpkin (Inspiration #2)

All you have to do is randomly place masking tape all over the pumpkin.  This is the one Hannelore helped me with because she told me where to put the tape.  She thought it was silly.  I taped off the stem so that it would be it's natural color.  Then I spray painted it a blue color.  After the paint was dry I pulled off the tape.  So I have to tell you something....I used electrical tape.  I searched and searched for our painters or masking tape and could not find it anywhere.  So that was one thing that I did not do right.  I also did not push down the tape as much as I should have.  I did a trial and I was not too concerned with it being Halloween and all.  I felt like it did not have to be perfect.  (I would NOT have done this if I was painting something that I would not be throwing away in less than a month.)  I also pulled some of the paint off when I pulled the tape off because again I was doing this with my daughter and it was not supposed to be perfect.  It was supposed to be abstract and it was supposed to be unique.  I still love it.  Just the way it is!  However, if you want yours with more crisp lines then use masking tape and make sure you push down the edges as you wrap the pumpkin.  Especially on the lines of the pumpkin.  Done!  I love the pop of color.  

4.  Number pumpkin (Inspiration #1)

Spray paint the pumpkin black.  This one did not have a stem, but I painted the lack of stem black as well.  After the paint was dry I painted the white "31" using a stencil.  I used the same stencils as I did on the burlap banner (here).  Then I used the spouncers (again from the banner) to put the circles around the "31".  On the back side of this pumpkin I did my house number.  I didn't really like it because our house number is only one number and it looked funny.  I had a feeling many people would be asking me what it meant.  I also thought about doing an "M" for Matthews, but my wreath already has an "M".  I did not want to go overboard.  However, those are all ideas you could do on your pumpkin if you choose to duplicate this one.  Done!  I kind of like this one! 

Which one do you like best?  Hopefully you like at least one of them, ;)

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Oct 16, 2014

The Hardest Peace

This is a sponsored post.  However, my opinions are honest opinions. 

This post is one of the hardest posts I have written.  It is going to be really raw and I am going to share parts of me that many of you do not know.  I recently was asked to review a book called, "The Hardest Peace".  This book is such a wonderful book!  Why is this post so hard to write then?  Keep reading. 

Oct 15, 2014

Jute Wrapped Monogram

My friend wanted to make some of these for friends and she asked me to help.  I thought it would be fun to have a craft day/night and help her.  I thought I can do that.  No big deal. 

Oct 14, 2014

Kids Halloween Party

I feel that every holiday is a perfect excuse for a party.  I love parties and I love holidays.  So I combine them any chance I can get.  

Oct 13, 2014

Favorites for Fall

This post is written by Danielle, Makeup/Beauty contributor to Shambray.com!

Oct 10, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

Pinterest Clean-Up

We all think to clean our bathrooms, organize our pantry and refrigerator, wash our cars, and as you know the list goes on and on.  However, many of us forget about a place that in most cases are pretty out of control.  That one place is our Pinterest page.  

Oct 8, 2014

Spice up your neutral nails-polka dot style

As I have been sharing ways to spice up neutral nails, I have been spicing them up with things I love. It was books last month and this month it is polka dots.  I LOVE POLKA DOTS!  These nails are super simple and quick to do.  Lets break it down into simple steps.

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