Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Beautiful Woman #4: Hair

So as a person who values spending time outdoors, teaches ballet and has an insatiable hunger for books (oh, yes, and don't forget the five children), there is just not a whole lot of time in my schedule for hair care. But I do realize that if I'm going to keep it long, I need to take care of it. There was a whole horrible hair decade where I didn't realize that having long hair meant working a bit at it. So anyway, here's my hair care regimen.
After the third child was born, I slowly began to realize that God had given me a gift. My heretofore board straight hair now had a bit of curl. And it wasn't all that hard to fix. Hooray!
So here's the first advice about long slightly curly hair, if it's anything like mine:
Don't wash it every day.
It's a shocker, I know, but it fits right in with all the other things I'd rather be doing in life.
So I only wash my hair every other day, or even every third day.
The second bit of advice is use conditioner (very) liberally.
The curly-ish hair was very different from my old hair. It needed conditioner like nothing else. 
I read somewhere that if you apply the conditioner to your hair first in the shower before your shampoo, your sponge-like hair will absorb more conditioner. So I began using my Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner before the corresponding shampoo. And I put it on afterward as well for good measure and left it in while I finished my shower. My hair has begun to thank me by being much easier to manage, much softer and having many fewer split ends. Hooray for simple solutions!  I have the above conditioner with a pump and I use 12 pumps before the shampoo and 12 pumps afterward. This uses up quite a bit of conditioner, but at around $6 a bottle (Walmart, not Amazon), it doesn't break the bank.
After my shower, I apply TRESemme Flawless Bouncy Curls Defining Gel and then dry with a diffuser and hair dryer. 
I recently read an article (thanks, pinterest) saying that the way to get non-frizzy curls is to pile portions of your hair into the diffuser and then turn on the dryer, not moving the hair while the dryer is on. I am trying this method and I won't say that my hair isn't still frizzy, but it does seem to help with the curl.
About half-way through the drying process, I spray my hair liberally with TRESemme curl care curl locking styling spray extra hold . And no, I'm not running an ad for TRESemme products. I've just found they work the best for the least amount of money. 
The Tresemme Keratin Smooth Smoothing Creme Serum is something new that I'm trying. I scrunch a bit in after I'm done drying (or after I wake up the day after showering). I'm not sure if it actually helps with frizziness, but it smells good, and so far the perfume hasn't affected my allergies, so that's good.
I'm getting the feeling that nothing in my price range is really going to touch my frizzies, and really I'm not all that concerned with it.

Oh, and by the way, I don't brush my hair if I want it curly. I only brush if I haven't dried it or if I'm on day three of not washing and can't stand the messy curls anymore--this is a last resort and not very healthy for my hair, I know. 
So here's to easy, healthy hair management.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Easter Week!--100 Ways to Celebrate Easter

It is the observance of death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the celebration of the conquering of death, the remembering of His substitution for our sins...
Happy Easter!
There are so many, many ways to celebrate this wonderful time! Please don't be overwhelmed by the bulk of ideas here. These range from elaborate prep to two-minute commitment. Some of them are specifically for children, but all of them point to the true meaning of this holiday and hopefully bring us closer to the Resurrected One!

Read the Scriptures

1. Read from the Bible about the holy week day by day on the week before Easter. This plan from YouVersion makes that easy.
2. Read through the Gospels during Lent with this plan.
3. These Easter devotions lead you through Lent with Bible readings.
4. These devotions take you through the major events of Christ's life. Another good plan for theweeks before Easter.
5. Read Isaiah 53.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
6. Read about the first Passover in Exodus 11, 12 and 13.
Your lamb shall be without blemish...Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
7. Read Matthew 27 and 28.
8. Read Mark 15 and 16.
9. Read Luke 23 and 24.
10. Read John 18-21.
The ways to incorporate Scripture in your Easter celebrating are pretty much endless! Be sure to leave your favorite Easter scriptures in the comments!

Sing Hymns!
Or, if you're not feeling particularly musical, just read their beautiful words.
11. Not All the Blood of Beasts #242 in the Trinity Hymnal This one goes well with reading about the first Passover (#6 above).
12. Praise the Savior Now and Ever # 243  (all of the hymn numbers are from the Trinity Hymnal)
13. He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions #244 
14. Man of Sorrows! What a Name #246
15. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded #247
16. Ah, Holy Jesus, How Has Thou Offended #248
17. Tis Midnight; and on Olive's Brow #249
18. Throned upon the Awful Tree  #250
19. Beneath the Cross of Jesus #251
20. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross #252
21. There is a Fountain Filled with Blood #253
22. Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed #254
23. O Jesus We Adore Thee #255
24. There is a Green Hill Far Away #256
25. Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted #257
26. Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing #258
27. Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy #259
28. Were You There? #260
29. What Wondrous Love is This #261
30. O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile #262
31. Lift Hight the Cross #263
32. Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross #264
33. Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain #265
34. The Day of Resurrection! #267
35. Welcome Happy Morning! #268
36. Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing! #270
37. Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem #271
38. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing! #272
39. Jesus Christ is Risen Today #273
40. Thine Be Glory #274
41. The Strife is O'er, the Battle Done #275
42. Up from the Grave He Arose #276
43. Christ the Lord is Risen Today  #277
44. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright #278
45. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands #279
46.  Christ is Risen from the Dead #280
47. I Know that My Redeemer Lives--Glory Hallelujah! #281
48. Life Up, Lift Up Your Voices Now #282
49. Alleluia! Alleluia! #283
50. This Joyful Eastertide #284
51. Jesus, Lord, Redeemer #285
52. Worship Christ, the Risen King! #286
53. Morning Sun #287
54. Jesus Christ has Triumphed Now #288

Tell the Story
55. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible. What better time to read the stories of Jesus's life (or the whole Bible--that is point--that it's all about Him!) than before Easter?
56. Here's my own simple retelling of the Easter story.
57. Tell the story with Jelly Beans. (!!!)
58. Make your own set ofResurrection Eggs and use them daily to retell the story of the death and Resurrection of our Lord. We've done this, and we love them! We've even been known to hang them on our Jesse Tree to make an Easter tree! (added bonus: cheerful Easter decor)
59. Watch The Prince of Egypt to start a discussion of the original Passover and then lead in to a discussion of how Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

Eat the Story
60. Tell the story as you make these wonderful Easter Cookies. Each step in the baking process tells a bit of the story and the end result? Empty cookies! Just like the tomb!
61. Make your own Matzah bread--bread that figures heavily into the Jewish celebration of Passover. As you make the bread, tell the story of Jesus' death: he was beaten, pierced and bruised (look at the "bruise" spots as you take the matzah out of the oven.) Then anoint your matzah with oil! The matzah is a perfect example of how the Jewish Passover points to the dead and resurrected Messiah.
62. A hugely meaningful part of our Easter preparations the last few years has been a celebration of a Seder Supper. Here are the foods and litany that we use during our Seder. You can use your homemade matzah (see #61 above).
Here are the foods used for the Seder meal. Feel free to incorporate these items into your meals around Easter as a way to teach the Easter story. 
"You shall teach them diligently to your children, 
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, 
when you walk by the way, 
when you lie down, 
and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:7
63.  Grape juice or wine--There are traditionally four cups of wine/grape juice that will be used throughout the meal. These are the Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Deliverance, the Cup of Redemption, and the Cup of Thanksgiving.
64. Romaine Lettuce Salad--After we dip the celery into the salt that symbolizes the Israelites tears, we will pause to eat a salad. The dipping of the vegetable into the salt water could also represent the way that the Israelites dipped the branches into the blood of the lamb to spread it over their doorposts.
65. Matzah bread--Matzah is an unleavened bread that refers to the fact that when the Israelites fled Egypt, they did not have time to let their bread rise. Leaven stands for sin in the Bible, and getting rid of leaven is a big part of the week of Passover. The Matzah bread is a beautiful picture of our Savior, the Bread of Life. He was perfectly sinless. During the Seder meal, the bread is broken, as our Savior was. Matzah bread is traditionally both pierced and striped, as our Savior was before He was crucified. Making Matzah with the kids would be a great way to prepare for the Seder meal both practically and spiritually.
66. Matzah Ball Soup--This would be a good place to pause for the soup made of crushed matzah bread. My mouth is watering just thinking about the combination of the broth and dough!
67. Steamed radishes--After we have tasted the horseradish, which is bitter herbsto symbolize the Israelites bitter enslavement, we will have our steamed radishes. In one of the Christian Haggadahs I linked to above, this is said to also be a reminder that sin can be our bitter enslavement.
68. Haroset is a mixture of apples, raisins, and honey that symbolizes the mortar that the Israelites used to build for the Egyptians. Charoset (HahROset) is a very kid-friendly part of the meal, and this was the whole idea for the seder meal--it is a way to teach our children about the beautiful truths of our faith.
69. Zucchini-stuffed Chicken--During a traditional ceremonial seder, no meat is tasted. A "shank bone" is displayed on the plate to show that a lamb was the central theme of the original Passover. Since there is no temple now, Jews cannot sacrifice a lamb. This bone is spoken of in the meal but not eaten. For a Christian Seder meal, you could display a cross for this bone or use a regular bone. After speaking of the lamb that had to die during the original Passover, the true Lamb of God is a natural subject. Jesus, our Lamb, was crucified for our sins so that we might have eternal life. After this discussion, the chicken can be eaten. (And it gets in my recent infatuation: zucchini!)
70. Deviled Eggs--Hard boiled eggs commemorate the sacrifice of the lamb in the temple. Now they are a symbol of the new life brought by the Lamb.
71. Matzah Rolls--The matzah bread is eaten several times during the meal. If you would like more than the crackerish matzah, you could try these matzah rolls.
72. Chocolate Torte--An unleavened chocolate cake has finished off our Seder meal in the past. (Gotta get that chocolate cake in there, you know?!) Perhaps the dessert could be prefaced with talk of how sweet the Gospel story is--we are saved out of our sin to a sweet relationship with our loving Savior, Jesus, the Passover Lamb.

Decorate with the Story
73. The Easter tree presented above (#58) is only one way you can incorporate branches or a tree into your Easter decorations and celebrations. Ann Voskamp has a lovely Easter tree with cards that walk your family through the Easter story. This is great when your kids are ready to graduate from the Resurrection Eggs!
74. Another Voskamp idea is to plant an Easter garden. This is a reminder of the garden of Gethsemane and of Christ's struggle the night before he was crucified. It is also a peaceful and beautiful decoration for your home!
Candles add to the beauty of this simple potted garden.
75. These Easter Lilies are both a craft and a decoration. And they have some great Easter lore around them as well. 
76. Are your Dogwoods blooming? There is an Easter myth for them and their blooming branches would make a great decoration for your Easter table!

Color the Story
Finding the real story of Easter is a bit hard amongst all the coloring pages of bunnies and eggs (not that bunnies and eggs aren't loads of fun!) but here are a few that could be used for your studies leading up to Easter with your children.
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86. Have you heard that the History Channel is running a series called "The Bible"? The hubby and I began watching it last night. It's pretty good. Watching these would be a great way to take in a good bit of the Bible in ten hours.

87. Reading the Bible in novel form is a very interesting way to get the whole of the Bible in a very chronological way. One thing I loved about this is that some of the stories that we read in the Bible are separate because different people wrote them, but really they overlapped quite a bit. The Book of God gives you a sense of that overlap.
88. We're still talking about how to celebrate Easter here, remember? For me growing up Easter baskets were a big part of the day itself. I really want my kids to have the day center around Jesus (not that Easter baskets are bad!!) so when we do gifts, we usually do something like new Bibles. This year they are getting piano music of great hymns that they can play themselves! I'm excited about these gifts:


Easter Crafts
89. Here's a Resurrection craft for you and the kids that makes the story of Christ's resurrection visual. You could pretty easily translate this into other parts of the story as well.

90. This blogger has a Scripture reading, memory verse and small craft for each day in the week leading up to Easter.
91. I love the idea of mixing a da Vinci art lesson with Easter week as well! This blogger has drawn out Jesus and each of the disciples from da Vinci's The Last Supper so that your kids can color them and cut them out to place around a table. 

92. Think simple for crafts as well! How about collecting leaves and talking about the palm branches that were laid down for Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem?
93. How about printing out a week calendar with boxes and labeling the days of the week and filling in one thing Jesus did on that day leading up to Friday on the cross and Sunday's resurrection?
94. Candles are a good way to mark the passing of time--Putting out seven on Palm Sunday and lighting one more each night at dinner is a good way to prompt discussion on what Christ was doing on that day and on what will come in the days of Holy Week that are ahead.
95. Cut out crosses, decorate your refrigerator, talk about the seriousness of the cross. Cut out tombs, open the stone door, talk about how they are empty!

Last but Not Least
96.. Slow Down...We're going to try that this year with a camping trip. It will be interesting to do our Easter devotionals around the campfire when there is really nothing else that we can do! I'm loving that!
97. Go to Church...Our church has Holy Week services that are just wonderful! If your church doesn't have a service, ask around and see if a friend's church might! At our church these services are a quieter kind of worship--on Good Friday the service ends with the lights going off little by little until only the Jesus candle is left burning while the congregation leaves in silence. It is very powerful.
98. And on Easter morning there are usually sunrise services or special services at different churches. Get involved! See if you can help with the music or the youth or the Sunday School. It's amazing how teaching a lesson will really make it sink into your own heart!
99. Talk about Easter with your kids at random times. See if they have thoughts about it at bed time (they always have a lot to say at bedtime!) or in the car or while you're waiting at the doctor's office.
100. Pray! and Pray some more! Pray for those who do not know the wonder of a Savior who laid down His life for the lost! Repent and ask for increased faith and obedience to take the depth and wonder of Holy Week out into the coming year.

Please leave me your wonderful ideas in the comments...and

Happy Easter!!
P.S. This is last year's list, first seen here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Beautiful Woman #3: Books


In the days long ago, a girl would only know as much about her womanhood as her mother cared to share, and there was a beauty in this system. Then there came all this independence (also beautiful in its own way) and we had a lot more talking amongst girls about these issues. And now, of course, here we are in the information age, so pretty much any subject you can dream up has its own books or at least blog posts to search out information. I just googled "How to be a woman" and came up with almost 3 billion results! Craziness!
There are plenty of places you can get information, even good information about applying makeup and fixing your hair, about dressing well and appropriately for a situation. How to have that inner beauty that is acceptable in the eyes of Christ, though, is a bit harder to find information about. Here are some books that have helped me along the way.

The first and foremost book is the BIBLE. Get it off the shelf, ladies and read it. There is magic there. The first reading may mean nothing. The second reading may be just words. But the third or the fourth or the eighteenth may bring renewal and life such as we have never dreamed! Let us be women of the Word and then we can be beautiful women. Read it in a One Year Bible; read it in a Bible with lines for journaling, read it in different versions; just read it! (I'm pleading with myself as well!)

The Fruit of Her Hands is a book I read while I was engaged and I'm so glad I did! One of the lessons I learned from this book was that as a married woman, the careful modesty I had worked so hard to maintain while not married would have to be discarded while with my husband. This was a new and novel idea to me and something my husband might not have known how to ask for; but he certainly expected. There are so many other helpful womanly ways outlined in this book.

The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life I dare you to open up this book to any page and not find some beautiful nugget of truth that you can apply to that very moment of your day! Quotes like, "Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us." and "Let the ways of childish confidence and freedom from care, which so please you and win your hearts in your own little ones, teach you what should be your ways with God." are so very applicable!

The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction Some might find the study of doctrine to be dull and boring and have no bearing on daily life. But I have found it quite different. The more I focus on the facts: I am a sinner; He is a holy God; Christ was a necessary sacrifice; His grace has saved me; the more I am drawn to live my moments for Him. I think a Biblical, Doctrinal foundation is a very important part of our womanhood.


Let Me Be a Woman is a wonderful book written by Elizabeth Elliot for her daughter during her daughter's engagement. Yay for wise women writing for their daughters! Yay for them sharing it with us. There is much to be gleaned from these letters on being a woman, a wife and a Christian.



The Power of a Praying Wife There is a whole series of these books and I definitely recommend them. There is power in praying. It is the power of communing with God, of lifting our thoughts outside or beyond ourselves. There really is something miraculous about praying for others when you are most distraught for your own circumstances.  Just like Job, whose pains were not lifted until he began to pray for his friends, our troubles change and morph a bit when we're praying for others. Try it! Even when in the middle of a fight, a quick prayer to the Lord for the good of your husband can do wonders.

There really have been hundreds of nonfiction and fiction books that have influenced me as a woman. They are books about families and books about fairies and books about the impossible and allegorical books about this amazing journey of motherhood, wifehood and life. I've read mysteries and children's stories and science books that have led me to new realizations. That's the beautiful thing about truth: it's all God's. So whether you are reading Peter and the Starcatchers or Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy, you can be gleaning truths about your walk with God and learning to be a beautiful woman.

What are your favorite books for life as a Christian and a woman?


Friday, April 4, 2014

A Beautiful Woman #2 Skin Care

Before I talk about my skin care routine, I'm going to start right off with the best advice I have for any kind of taking care of oneself.
Know yourself.
This is more important than just making the font a little larger can explain. Know your emotions, know your triggers for what brings up past issues, know your hair, your skin, your allergies, your needs for sleep and food. Know yourself. It even applies to theology. Calvin himself said in his institutes that knowing oneself is important for being able to know God. We need to know and understand our own sin to be able to understand God's grace. 
And that word "know" is really kind of inappropriate because this knowledge is not ever going to be done. You're never going to wake up one day and say, "I've arrived! I finally know everything about myself and I've got it ALL figured out!" We were made by an eternal God and our depths are unfathomable, even to ourselves. It is more about working to know ourselves. And even the little things you figure out will be so important. 
So I will share a few things I've figured out about my own skin. This may be helpful to exactly no one, but it at least might get you thinking about your own habits and care of yourself.
First off, another quick divergence from skin care (though it affects your skin too)! This is another GREAT bit of advice that I always share with anyone who will listen. If you are feeling off (emotionally, physically, whatever!), take some Tylenol/Ibuprofen, drink a tall glass of water and take a nap. Pain killer, water, nap. There you have it. The cure for much of what ails us as women.
Next up for the pic above are my fave lotion--unscented Eucerin Soothing Repair Lotion. I've tried a lot of lotions, and this one seems to be the one that actually soaks in and repairs. I use coconut oil for the dark skinned ones in our house, and I love that too, but most of the time, I'm too busy to deal with the greasiness--so Eucerin it is.
And my favorite lip balm. Blistex Lip Medex is the best ever. It has a strong smell (useful when you're congested) and tingles a little bit on chapped lips, but this stuff works! It's the only lip balm I've ever put on the night before and woken up still feeling on my lips the next morning.

So, about that knowing your own skin thing, it's took me a while to figure this out, but I have sensitive skin. This should have been very obvious to me at an early age, but alas, I am slow to pick up my own body's messages. So, I offer you the gentlest shave gel that's out there: Skintimate Skin Therapy. I thought for a while that it was the Skintimate brand that was so great, but then I tried one of their smellier products when Walgreens was out of this one. It was supposed to smell like raspberries and make shaving fun, but no. It didn't. It smelled a little like hair dye and it was a lot rougher on my skin. So use this one and your legs will thank you. : )
For my razor I use the Schick Quatro for Women. I really haven't shopped around a lot on this one because I bought it and liked it a long time ago and have stuck with it. The razor lasts a long time, but the blades are relatively expensive. When I remember what cheap razors did to my legs,  I know it's worth it.

And again, for my face: I have sensitive skin. I have had bad break-outs in my lifetime and babying my skin helps to relieve that. (As does RELAXING and AVOIDING STRESS--one of the other major pieces of advice I have on being a beautiful woman.)
I use Clean and Clear Essentials for Sensitive Skin and then some kind of Dual Treatment Moisturizer afterwards. I have only recently realized how much better my face feels when I baby it this way. I was treating all that acne with strong cleansers until I borrowed my daughter's facial cleanser while we were in Uganda. My skin thanked me and so I quickly bought some of what my daughter had been using. And here we are. I never stop learning!

And then there's makeup. I really would love to not wear makeup at all, and I since my face cleared up a little, I have been going days with no makeup at all. I wear makeup because there is definitely an unfinished (or maybe tired?) look to my face without it. And I have blonde eyelashes. There is that.
So my makeup routine is very simple and very neutral and very understated and you can see above that it is also relatively inexpensive.
I begin with Cover Girl Clean Sensitive Skin Liquid Makeup and then use Cover Girl Concealer stick if there are any red spots or dark circles under my eyes. Then I add
Cover Girl True Blend Powder. I use a simple eye liner in dark great to go around my eyes and then a little eye shadow. (Go to pinterest for pointers on this--there are excellent tips there!) I hate thick, clumpy mascara so I have finally found one that doesnt: Maybeline Define a Lash Mascara.

And there you have it. Simple, but I feel like my real advice on this front is the basic know yourself and rest and relax. There will be MUCH more on this latter advice to come.

As always, tips and comments are welcome and appreciated!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

True Beauty: A Beautiful Woman #1

My husband stumbled upon an excellent website for men called The Art of Manliness. If you google this, you'll find the website right away with sub headings of dress and grooming, manly skills, health and sports, relationships and family and more. The hubby says that you can get advice on everything from how to buy a well-fitting suit to how to make a bed and everything beyond. He's enjoyed perusing the subjects and learning a little more about manliness.
This got me thinking. There is much to being a woman as well. I've always meant to write some of it out to pass along to my daughters, and what better place than here where I might get some helpful feedback in the comments?

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

There is no better place to begin talking about a woman's beauty than with Scripture. There is a surprising amount about women written in this time period when most cultures thought very little of females. God has never made women lesser in importance in the kingdom--we just have a different role. And I think that role has a lot to do with the true definition of beauty in the Bible. How are we to be beautiful? By fearing the Lord.
It's here again in Peter:

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, 
that even if some do not obey the word, 
they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe 
your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. 1 Peter 3:1-6

I think we as women tend to shy away from the Bible's teaching on submission and then we miss so much of the beauty! Our submission is not the submission of being lesser--it is the submission of admitting different roles--of serving and helping our husbands. The fear spoken of here seems to me to be that same fear spoken of in Proverbs: the fear of the Lord. Let us do the very thing the world doesn't expect! Let us honor and serve our Lord and those around us. Let us steward what we are given and seek the kind of beauty that doesn't fall apart with age.
I like also that 1 Peter doesn't even hint that we are not to take care of our outer bodies and our appearance. It is just that our motives and our manner matter much more than we often realize. We are to spend even more time addressing the beauty of our hearts. As much time wondering how we can be gentle and quiet and how we can match our scarves with our shoes. This is the really important stuff, girls--pay attention!
Let us seek to be beautiful in the sight of God.

So I begin a series on How to Be a Woman. And not just any woman, a beautiful one! A woman who takes care of her body, her household and her family--but also a woman who does so knowing that there is more to this life than what we can see. A woman who knows that serving the kingdom is to be first and foremost in her heart and mind.

This series will include:
*hair care
*skin care
*clothing
*"me time"
*time management
*loving the husband
*caring for the kids
*quiet time

I'll be writing to share what I've learned, what I read elsewhere, and of course the occasional post on helpful pinterest pins. : ) I would love any input on what you would put on your list of being a beautiful woman!