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When you need help… 3 Steps to Succeeding

Often I get asked “How I do it all?” and quite frankly that makes me laugh. I’m not sure WHO I’m fooling here, but truthfully I don’t do it all. I can’t. Being in ministry full time, raising 7 children, homeschooling, and blogging as a job can be too much. The one thing I AM good at is finding ways to get help, ha! So when you need help, here are 3 steps to succeeding.

1. Get a planner…and use it. I would lose my ever-living mind if i didn’t use my planner. It sounds silly, but it actually makes me excited to do things (even the no fun parts of adulthood), because I can put them down in my planner! Right now I’m using the Erin Condren Life Planner and their Teacher’s Lesson Planner. These babies are FUN and if you’d like to snag one for $10 off you can use my referral code here. My sweet and talented friend Emmy just opened back up her planner business and they are ADORABLE (with fun covers too)! Like SO adorable I’ll be switching to them when it becomes time for a new planner! They are a great price point and you can see them over here!

2. Hire a Virtual Assistant. Seriously, this will save your life. My friend Christie runs Silently Social and she handles anything social media related – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. And even better, if you need a break or more help she can do some content creation to basically fully managing your accounts. Then she does your average VA type work of email management, post editing, site maintenance, etc. So all the things that suck your time and can halt creativity for a person like me, she does. I am the idea person, the right brained gal, so I’m bad about doing all the up keep and managing type things, and frankly they aren’t any fun for me. Y’all I know it sounds weird to pay someone to do these things, but this saves you tons of time and Christie works her tail off to help you look good. Now that’s what I’m all about! Do yourself a favor and look into Silently Social, you won’t be sorry.

3. Take breaks – aka: Treat Yo’ self (any Parks and Rec fans out there?!). If all you ever do is run, run, run and never stop working you are a ticking time bomb my friends. Believe me, I’ve learned the hard way. There have been many times where I think I can do it all and then everything comes crashing down because I am exhausted. The more you realize that YOU need breaks and time to yourself, the better mother, wife, teacher, and/or business woman you’ll be! I love to go out for coffee, go on a date with my husband, and spend time crafting. Simple things, but they make me feel more like myself! Since all the other points had links, I didn’t want this one to feel left out, ha! So if you’d like to donate to the “Brittany needs adult time full of coffee fund” click here. (Can’t knock me for trying, ha!)

There you have it friends, I don’t nor will I ever have it all together, but I’m okay with that. For me the key to success is being able to give up and cry Uncle. Well that and utilizing the three things listed above. They are so simple, but incredibly worth it!

What are some things you do to be successful?!

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Getting your little girl dressed for the holidays

As the holidays are vastly approaching I’ve started to panic a little about our annual Christmas card picture. Finding outfits for nine people to wear that semi coordinates, is no joke. Seriously, that’s why it doesn’t happen often, ha! Then after you have all of the clothing situated you pray for a miracle and all children cooperate for just one perfect shot. It’s a lot of work, whew.
But I must saying finding the perfect dress is a magical moment. Especially when said dress can be located online and it arrives at your door better than you had imagined!

This year I think we plan to be a little dressy for our pictures and then wear those clothes for Christmas Sunday. Two birds, One stone- see what I did there?! Anyway, I love a good black and white combo with a some pops of color. So when I found this dress for Paisley I may have squealed a little. I found this beauty (the dress not the girl) at Girls Dress Shop and let me tell you, I almost purchased them all because they were so adorable and such high quality. More importantly, I love that they believe children should look like children and their clothing is an expression of themselves. That means they sell beautiful, trend right, yet still age appropriate styles for girls from newborn to age 12. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

I think Girls Dress Shop really knows mothers too. When we shop, we imagine our little girls actually IN the clothing, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Smiling at how they’ll look, what they’d do, and how much you love them. That’s pretty much what they think too…

“At Girls Dress Shop, we love to make moments. We believe in sidewalk chalk masterpieces, Saturday afternoon tea parties, and epic blanket forts. We think twirling in a favorite new dress is a totally worthwhile way to spend an afternoon, and — having a pretty new dress now and then is a girl’s right!

In her gorgeous new dress from Girls Dress Shop, she can dazzle on the dance floor, make her grandmother smile at a family dinner, amaze the audience at her choir concert, or just feel more confident on her first day back to school. We want to share in all of those moments that make your daughter extraordinary.”

How could you not get excited about a dress like that?! Come to think of it, I made some pretty fantastic memories with my precious little lady while snapping these pictures. She is growing up to be such a sweet, caring, intelligent girl. It makes me excited to see her as she grows, who she becomes, and style blossoms.


But for now, she’s still my baby girl and in a second our little photo session was over. My model met her photographing limit, found her inner diva, and couldn’t stand still any longer. Good thing she’s still cute!

What are your favorite kid holiday clothing trends?



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