Archives for November 2008

Toss Those Mom Jeans to the Curb!

We all know to stay away from Mom Jeans: the jeans that are anything but flattering around the tummy [or anywhere else, for that matter]. And we know to be careful with low-riders that potentially show off our backsides if we do something so unusual as, you know: sit.

What are we to do if we want casual comfort without resorting to sweatpants?

Lee Get What Fits Logo (468x60)

It’s not easy finding jeans that are comfortable, stylish and properly cover your badonkadonk. But the Lee Custom Fit Comfort Bootcut jeans meet all of that criteria.

Every inch of these jeans make them the perfect jeans for any size and shape body: Great stretch fabric, new premium finish, Comfort Waistband [which moves with you], sit just below the waist, flap back pockets, bootcut. And a large size range: Ladies, Petite and Womens.

blissful-delights Lee Jeans Giveaway

And guess what? You have the opportunity to win a pair of these great jeans: I am giving away TEN pairs.

You can enter up to four ways-

1) Simply leave a comment here telling me why you would love a new pair of jeans.
2) You can enter a second time by posting about the contest. Leave your post link in a separate comment.
3) Send a tweet on Twitter about the contest. Then leave your tweet URL in the comments below. (again, as a separate comment)
4) Subscribe to my blog

Now you have 4 entries to win the Lee Comfort Bootcut jeans.

The contest will end Sunday, December 7th, at 11 PM [CST]. I will announce the winners on Monday morning. Good luck to you all!

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Holiday Cards and Gift Ideas


Have you ordered your Holiday Cards yet?

If not, head over to my business site, Fruition Designs, look over the designs, and order some. Mention that you read my blog and I’ll give you a 15% discount on printed Holiday Cards.

My holiday cards are printed on 100% Recycled Bright White Cardstock.

I also offer file versions of the cards, for just $22.00. You get the file and can print as many or as few as you need, either on your own printer or at your favorite print shop. (15% discount not valid on file versions)

(Custom one-of-a-kind designs also available for an additional charge)

Order by next Monday to ensure enough time to get your cards in time to mail out before Christmas.

Know someone who needs a blog makeover?

Give them a gift certificate for them to beautify their blog. (Also, the perfect gift for yourself!)

Stumped on what to give a friend or wife who has everything?

I bet they’d love some Mommy Cards or Blog Cards.

My Mommy Cards are the original Mommy Cards – often imitated, but only mine are still a Top Gift Pick by Parents.com.

(File-only version also available; Custom one-of-a-kind designs also available for an additional charge)

I am rolling out new Holiday Card and Mommy Card designs in the next couple of days. I will post them here and on my business blog, so be on the lookout.

How I Became Refined

[originally posted November 14, 2006]

It’s been on my mind a lot lately.

The excesses of our lives.
The unnecessary stuff.
The stuff that ends up holding us down and owning us.

It’s been a year since everything was pulled out from under us… A year since, my husband had to pick up and move, temporarily, with what little he could fit into his car, across the country (literally, we were in Maryland, he was in Oregon.) Away from the newborn son he’d barely gotten to know. Away from his other two children, who adore him completely.

It had been a slow, painful process prior to that. Before it all started, we had owned our own home, nice cars, owned a very successful business of our own. We weren’t nasty prideful, but we were proud of our things. And I don’t think we shared what the Lord had given us very well with others.

As our descent began, we tried to keep our grip and climb up out of it. However, it seemed as if every decision we made, even after prayerfully presenting it before the Lord, turned out to be a bad decision. In the end, we were having to live with Sean’s parents and use food stamps for groceries.

I can look back over that year now, and see how the Lord was refining us.

Have you ever considered the definition of “refine”. We hear it a lot in churches. But what does it mean?

re‧fine /rɪˈfaɪn/ Pronunciation KeyShow Spelled Pronunciation[ri-fahyn] verb, -fined, -fin‧ing.
–verb (used with object)

1.to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.

2.to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured.

3.to bring to a finer state or form by purifying.

4.to make more fine, subtle, or precise: to refine one’s writing style.
–verb (used without object)

5.to become pure.

6.to become more fine, elegant, or polished.

7.to make fine distinctions in thought or language.
—Verb phrase

8.refine on or upon, to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.: to refine on one’s previous work.

refine. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 14, 2006, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/refine

To take something coarse and vulgar and make it elegant and pure??

No small feat…

It becomes clear that, though the finished product may be beautiful and elegant, the process is not.

This year I have resolved in my heart, to not look the other way when I see someone hurting… to not cling to things when someone else has a need for it… to not judge others by their circumstances… I now understand what is important, and what is just fluff…

Some lessons are harder to learn than others. This one was excruciating at times.

But I wouldn’t trade the changes in myself and my family for anything!!

Thank you Lord, for seeing my heart and refining it for your glory.

Don’t Be a Lipstick Dipstick

In an earlier Fight the Frump post, I explained how to apply lipstick/gloss so that it would last. I never imagined what a hit it would be!

Never one to drop a subject (I was born with that ability, thankyouverymuch), I’m revisiting the topic. Only this time, I have a warning!

It seems as though lip gloss has been in the news a lot recently. First, we were told that lip gloss can help lose weight (sadly, this was debunked). But now, we are being told that lipgloss can cause cancer. When I first heard this, I wanted to crawl in a corner. Not my beloved lip gloss!!??! Say it ain’t so!

A study at Baylor University "discovered that cosmetic lip balms and glosses attract ultraviolet rays, increasing the wearer’s risk of developing skin cancer. In other words, that shiny lip gloss is magnifying the sun’s effects." And even more disturbing, "cancer occurring on the lower lip can be much more aggressive than other forms of skin cancer and there is the potential for spread to nearby lymph nodes." (source)

And that Bonnie Bell Bubble Gum Lip gloss could be frying your lips, setting you up for bigger problems than lipstick on your teeth.

What are we to do? I’m all for looking good, but not at that risk! Shiny lips = oh so lovely. Shiny lips that cause lip cancer = very very bad.

Fortunately, there is an easy workaround: Always apply lip gloss only after applying a 30 SPF sunscreen to your lips.

Do I really neat to repeat myself? Don’t let this happen. Vanity is so not worth this.

And that is so not a look we are going for.

[originally posted May 2, 2008]