Here's a Twist to Girls Night Out

This post is sponsored by Painting with a Twist, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

If you're sitting at home on a Saturday night (or even a weekday) struggling to come up with a unique and effortless night out with a girlfriend or even with your kids, well I think I can help you out!

I've never considered myself to be the "artsy" type and to be honest, I'm that person who still draws the stick figures and wish I had some artistic ability. When I first heard about Painting With a Twist, I was most definitely hesitant. 

I took my sister-in-law to Painting with a Twist for her birthday to see what it was all about and sure enough, we had an absolute ball! 

 

The fun began as soon as we walked through the door, the head instructor greeted us with smiles, laughter, and adorable little aprons. To our left was the "Inspiration Station" filled with a variety of yummy drinks, and to our left was artwork wall to wall that I instantly envied

 

Throughout the two hours of painting, there was singing, some dance breaks, and a whole lot of encouragement. Their motto, just have fun.  And I'm ok with that.

 

During the breaks, there was a fun contest that entailed painting a portrait of your partner...yikes! Naturally, my sister-in-law wins the GRAND prize (a paintbrush pen) with her somewhat fierce picture of me. 

 

I enjoyed my time with this group, because that is what made the experience so memorable -  your fellow creatives. No one took themselves seriously, some were on dates, others with their daughters, and we all came out with a gorgeous sunset to hang

 

I would highly recommend Painting with a Twist for a group of gals looking to have a laid back and silly evening, or a fun day with the kids (they even offered a kids painting camp during the week and weekends!.) No artistic ability needed. (if I can do it, you most certainly can.) 

 

Looking for a Painting with a Twist studio? Find one nearest to you here

Why You Need This In Your Summer Bag

*This post is sponsored by Kleenex but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.*

 

If you could start building a list of all the items you MUST HAVE for your summer vacationing bag,  what are some that first come to mind?

 Gum, credit cards, first aid, sunscreen, sunnies....I'm sure our lists are equally endless. But what about for  cleaning up runny roses, messy faces or a quick hand wipe??

 

I recently came across Kleenex GoAnywhere product, packed with 30 (SUPER soft) facial tissues that literally clip to your bag and off you go!  Here's what I found to be so wonderful about carrying this mini-pack in my summer bag.

Being a boy mom, its tough keeping up majority of the time. When they need a quick face or nose wipe, I have my pack clipped to my purse, on the inside or out. 

 

This one keeps me on my toes. I find it so convenient that the Kleenex GoAnywhere pack can snap off my purse and I can carry it with me, not my entire Mary Poppins bag. 

 

Kleenex GoAnywhere is so easy to carry, SO so soft and multipurpose. I've used them for hands, face, and a 1-2-3 noise blowing. 

 

 

I highly recommend Kleenex GoAnywhere tissue pack for on-the-go families. Thats another feature I found so nice was how "easy to share" this travel pack is with others. We were able to use this packet for my entire family at our family lake house get-together. 

 

Needless to say, the only thing we'll be catching this summer are the creepy crawlers . We are loving our Kleenex Anywhere pack

 

What is one essential item for your summer travel list? 

What Marriage Has Taught Me

*This post contains some affiliate links.*

 

What I'm learning as a newlywed and a fairly new mother is that these years are some of the most challenging, and demanding years I have experienced in my life. I call them, the molding years. I don't mean to give them a negative connotation, but I have struggled within my marriage and being a mother that always lead me to this question, how can I be better?

My sweet friend Madison Weaver recently released a devotional called, "Becoming One." A 30-day devotional helps reconnects you and your spouse on a deeper level through Christ. I firmly believe that the relationship between the husband and wife set the tone for the household. A healthy marriage is paramount for a well-balanced, thriving home.

I'm so excited for her to share her heart behind her devotional and why she chose (and continues to) blog about marriage. 

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Writing has always been a passion of mine. I was the kid who was always stuck at a desk writing stories and memoirs, and I’m a sucker for a good love story. At one time I even thought I wanted to be an author, but I dismissed it as a hobby and continued on thinking it was a dream I'd never achieve.

 


Flash forward years later. I was newly married at 18, trying to figure out what God was calling me to do with my life. The years before had been rough. My husband and I had been heavily judged by others in regards to us getting married at such an young age. We lost relationships with family members and friends, and it seemed as though people thought marriage was a bad thing. As if God cursed us with it. We felt like we were the only young couple deciding to choose love over what the world had to over. We felt like we had very little support as a young married couple.

As I was reflecting on all of the things that had taken place over the past few years, I felt God was calling me to share my experiences with other couples and help them in some way. Finding ways to better my marriage and draw us closer to God and each other has been my passion for a long time. I could sit and write about it for hours and hours. Then one day I thought, “Why don't I start a blog to help other young wives (or even wives of all ages) better their marriages and draw closer to their husbands?” So I did, and it has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I've ever done!

 


My hope for my ministry is to encourage and equip wives to love and care for their marriages with all their hearts as well as their relationship with God. They should never be separate! In order to have a Godly and passionate marriage, God must be the foundation. Many couples struggle in their marriage because they don't know how to place God in the center, as well as deal with difficult situations and problems that arise in marriage. There are lots of devotionals out there today that give great encouragement and vaguely explain what you need to do be a better wife, have a more happier and Godly marriage, etc. Do they all refer to specific scripture related to common struggles, give you specific tips on how to rekindle your love, and give you a challenge to complete everyday with your spouse that will help you truly become one? Most don't! That's why I created the 30-day devotional for wives titled, "Becoming One" that will do just that; help wives truly become one with their husbands.

Are you looking for a way to bring the spark back to your marriage? Are you looking for help in making God the foundation of your relationship? Do you want to actively pursue your husband on a daily basis and become the wife God calls you to be? "Becoming One" will help and encourage you every single step of the way. By the end of the thirty days, you will have a fresh perspective on how God views marriage and what a sacred and beautiful thing it is.

"Becoming One" is originally $5.99, but I want to thank all the wonderful readers of The Gilded Wife by giving you 10% off using code "thegildedwife"! I don't want you to miss out on this amazing opportunity to strengthen your marriage and your relationship with the Lord. To purchase, click here.


I also have an exclusive Facebook support group only for Christian wives! This is a place where wives of all ages can be encouraged, connect with, and get advice from other ladies! We would love to have you join us. Click to join here

If you're looking for more encouragement and Christ-centered marriage advice, head on over to my blog and follow along for more updates and announcements!


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3 Ways To Squeeze VitaTops into Your Daily Routine

This post is sponsored by VitaTops, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Spring is in full swing and schedules are as busy as ever with extracurricular activities, work projects, and packed planners with all sorts of to-dos! It just never ends!

And with all the busy comes a break, SPRING BREAK! Time to unwind with family and make amazing memories. So what's in your cooler for the long-awaited road trip? 

I think I can help you out with a delicious, family-friendly and healthy snack that's ready to go, at home or on the road! 

 

 

Bursting with antioxidants and crafted with organic ingredients, VitaTops are simply your go-to snack. They come in several flavors (blueberry pictured) and packed with plenty of protein and fiber for everyone in the family.

I'm sharing 3 ways you can squeeze VitaTops into your busy, busy schedule today, including a few other fun ideas for the upcoming holiday!

 

 

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, VitaTops are a great way to start the day at breakfast. My boys devoured this tasty snack and couldn't help but ask for a second helping. They loved the blueberries!

 

For mom, I was able to sneak one away while at the computer and another as I was heading out the door. Only 120 calories with a dash of tartness - yes please! 

 

I was so excited to hear that my son and his classmates enjoyed their VitaTops for snack time! He was excited to share them with his friends.

 

A couple other creative ways to slip VitaTops in your "on-the-go" lifestyle, especially this time of year for spring breakers, is a road trip snack! VitaTops come in large packages (I purchased mine on Amazon - packet of 24) that are perfect for last minute, nutritious snacks. 

Other VitaTops flavor options:

  • Gluten-Free
  • Organic
  • Protein-Rich
  • Superfood

 

**Also, another great idea for Easter baskets! VitaTops is a great healthy substitute to the Easter sweets!**

 

VitaTops can be found at the following local stores: Kroger, Target, Publix, Shop-Rite, HEB, Stop & Shop, or Giant. 

The High Calling of Motherhood Review + A Giveaway

**I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, opinions expressed here are my own.**

 

 

Motherhood is nothing short of an honor to women around the world. To be bestowed a life for a brief period of time is a blessing from above - shaping little minds and hearts to do mighty things for His kingdom is self-gratifying.

Photo courtesy: Passion4Moms Facebook

Photo courtesy: Passion4Moms Facebook

 

This is exactly what the author is sharing, we must prepare the future generations to KNOW God and make Him known. To raise our children with a heart for the Lord so that they may never part.

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These several passages from the book, "The High Calling of Motherhood" by Chimene Shipley Dupler truly had me convicted:

  • "You were chosen to be the mother to the very children you call your own, whether biological or through adoption. Our God is an intentional God."
  • "We are caught up in a culture of comparison and self-serving gratification, neglecting to understand the mission of motherhood."
  • "We must stop looking to motherhood to find our identity."
  • "Fear breeds insecurity. Insecurity breeds comparison. Comparison takes our eyes off Jesus."
  • "We must be more concerned about reaching our child's heart. The behaviors and actions of our children are simply overflow of the heart." 
  • "Our homes are mission fields."

 

Chimene, also founder of Passion4Moms Ministries, does a phenomal job expressing the importance and significance of our roles as mothers. While society continues to devalue the calling of motherhood, we must remember who we are in constant battle with daily, the enemy

This book is centered around this simple yet paramount scripture verse: Colossians 1:16 says, "We exist to glorify God, and our purpose is to know God and make Him known." 

THIS IS KEY to our calling in motherhood. 

We must instill this way of living into our children; but it must begin with us as parents. 

Chimene mentions this verse several times because this must be our staple in parenting, raising them to know God and for Him to BE KNOWN. From the day they're born to their last days in the household, discipleship begins within the walls of our homes. 

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As a new mother to littles, I struggled with this calling. I had lost my identity within motherhood instead of seeking Him, the perfect parent. I would have loved to have received this book years ago, but I am so grateful for God's timing and His grace. 

The High Calling of Motherhood spoke volumes to me and has given me a new perspective of both valuing myself and my children, alongside my husband.

My lifeline and equipping is vertical, not horizontal.
— Chimene Shipley Dupler

 

 

 

If you are a mother or soon-to-be mother, this book is such a thought-provoking and insightful resource for revealing just how God calls us to raise the children we call our own.

Motherhood is all about being equipped vertically, not horizontally. 

 

 

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