Mother-in-law Gifts

So. I know it’s after Christmas but I’m running behind. I had the hardest time figuring out what to get for my boyfriend’s mom. I couldn’t to do anything too expensive and she literally already has everything! Gift cards are always an option but I wanted to make her something too. Here are some DIY ideas (that aren’t tacky!) for those of you that are struggling too!

1. Detox Bath

I LOVE THIS. I’ve tried it and it really, really works. You could make these in bulk and give it to several friends. I’m going to make Blake’s mom several mini-jars to be used whenever she wants.

Epsom Salt Detox Bath |

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Bow Tie Tutorial


I have the most precious little nephew. I love him SO much! I wanted to actually make him something for Christmas this year rather than buy him another toy (he has like twelve million already). He wore a little baby bow tie (he just turned one) to church a couple Sundays ago and so I had the bright idea to make him some more cute little bow ties. I looked around the Internet and stumbled upon a couple cute little bow tie tutorials. They both looked relatively easy so I thought I would give it a shot. I tried both of the following tutorials and ended up liking different aspects from each of them. I combined my own directions with the ones already out there. I loved these and ended up making a lot for family and friends! You can make them in any size and they’re really easy! Such a great last minute gift! Here’s what I did…

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The workout wagon

I have completely FALLEN off the workout wagon. I haven’t worked out in OVER two weeks. YIKES! The Holiday season is really hard! Sweet things are everywhere! There’s no avoiding it during the holidays, especially when family gatherings tend to center around food. I feel like I’ve just been trying to keep my head above water by not purging after I binge on all of the sweets! But I also feel like that’s just an excuse because I’ve been saying that for a while now. I am stronger than setting my goals low like that! I have not been fighting hard enough for a healthy lifestyle. I love Blogilates because she is real about that stuff. Look Casey Ho up! She an awesome and genuine fitness expert. She recently posted a blog entry about she has personally been struggling during the holidays with eating right and exercising. It’s great encouragement to know that even the most amazing fitness gurus struggle too! She’s such a great motivator. Her upbeat workouts are just what I need to get back in the swing of things. This is what I’m doing today! HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Abs.

Bikini Blaster HIIT video. I love HIIT. Well, I love and hate it at the same time! It’s tough!

Bikini Blaster Muffintopless video.

My Greatest Strength is My Biggest Weakness

My greatest strength is my passionate spirit. I absolutely love this gift of life. I am driven everyday by my desire to live to the fullest, making a difference, and impacting others in a positive way. Ironically, my passion is directly related to my greatest weakness. I believe that this is a spiritual battle as my greatest struggle has sought to put out my passionate zeal for life. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, in middle school. Through an awesome treatment team of therapists, nutritionists, friends, and family members, I have made GREAT strides forward. Having an eating disorder will continue to be a struggle, but is something that I believe can clearly be defeated. I say that it is my greatest weakness but I consider it more of a challenge, something to be overcome. We all have our struggles, weaknesses, and challenges. It is a mark of true accomplishment when one pushes on despite their biggest weakness and eventually when one’s greatest challenge is conquered. I believe that the Lord has a plan for me and will use me to impact the lives of others who experience the same struggles.

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