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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 21, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversay Sale

By Buffy York

Unless I am the only blogger that you follow, you are sick and tired of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that just went live today (it has been in pre-sale for Nordstrom cardholders this past week).  This is a great sale because it isn’t an end of season sale and it includes lots of cosmetics.  I was going to totally skip talking about the Sale because #1) it has been beaten like a dead horse by bloggers and #2) sales like this, with their crowds and sense of urgency, cause me to have anxiety and need wine.  However, I was in Atlanta this week so I popped in a Nordstrom and cruised behind the “Sneak Peak/Card Holders Only” curtain and noticed lots of things I have blogged about in the past are on sale so I thought I would hook you up with a few items you might find of interest.

I talked about the Foreo Luna in a gift guide last Christmas before I owned one, but since then I have purchased one and I am in love.  My Clarisonic finally kicked the bucket (it was old and I had dropped it more times than I could count) and I wanted to try something new.  I love the Luna because you never have to replace a brush.  The silicone tips that vibrate and clean your face never dull and are anti-bacterial.  It also stays charged forever.  Literally I bought mine in February and I charged it for the first time in June before a trip just to be safe.  There is a Foreo Luna for all skin-types and they make a tiny Luna for travel that lasts up to 100 washes and costs $39.  If you’re still in a heated relationship with your Clarisonic, Nordstrom has the replacement brushes on sale too so go ahead and stock up.

You know you are going to have to buy stocking stuffers and neighbor/teacher gifts.  If you are an over-achiever go ahead and check a few things off your list.  Nordstrom has Jo Malone perfume, Voluspa candles and Deborah Lippmann nail polish sample sets on sale.

I am a big fan of Bobbi and she is all over this sale.  This brush set is great for travel and these blush, eye shadow, and lip kits are a great price for shades you will be buying anyway if you frequent the Bobbi counter.

So I am trying to go super natural with my deodorant but Alabama summers have made this impossible.  I am working on a post comparing several different natural deodorants (current fave) but this time of year you have to call in the big guns and I love Donna Karen’s Cashmere Mist.  I realize that $25 for deodorant seems expensive but one bottle will last you 3 months, it works, it smells amazing and if you buy it on sale it’s only $20 a bottle.

Speaking of deodorant, these Whish deodorant wipes are also part of the Sale and would make a great addition to your gym bag, glove compartment or clear handbag on game day.  They are all-natural and are a nice mid-day/half-time refresher.

Okay, I have never used one of these pillowcases but the technology sounds really cool.  I do sleep on a satin pillowcase because I have always heard it helps with wrinkles and I know it preserves a professional blowout, but this pillow case is next level and I am getting one.  I mean it’s my birthday week.

I do love my Beauty Blender and this set from the Sale takes the price from $25 to less than $15 and includes the cleansing bar.  I will say that on my trip to Ulta today I picked up the Real Techniques blender for $6 and from what I have heard they are amazing.  I will let you know.

I have no intention of trying to talk you in to buying fall clothes right now.  It’s too hot, I can’t think that far ahead and I am a whim shopper.  I do however know that I will buy some basic shirts and dresses, a few pair of jeans and some boots.  Why not get them on sale?  I’ve just discovered Topshop’s jeans (they are less than $70 when they aren’t on sale) and this pair and this pair are currently in my cart.  I’m sure I can’t own enough v-neck t-shirts and this dress in black and this dress are both great transition pieces.  I love these open toe booties and if you ever wanted the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 over the knee boots but weren’t feeling the price these boots are a great dupe.  But hey, if you have to have the name brand 50/50 boots, they are also on sale.  Last thing, if you are in the market for a new handbag or wallet Nordstrom has huge discounts on lots of designer options.

Happy shopping my friends.

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Mommy, I’m Scared

July 20, 2016

By Laura DiFatta

“Mommy, I’m scared!”  Chances are you’ve either said these words as a child or you’ve heard them as a parent.  Recently, our youngest boy got up from bed crying because he was scared.  I took him by his little hand, led him back to bed and laid down beside him.  I listened and held him close as he told me all about his bad dream.  And then I did what most any parent would do:  I soothed and reassured him by him telling him:  “I am here.”   And because he trusts me, he was calmed.

Even as I comforted him, I was empathizing with him.  I understand fear.  I now have grown-up fears.  And, although I know there are no monsters in my closet, I do know there cause for fear this world.  And just as my little boy felt helpless that night, many times, so do I.

But, just as I reassured Trent of my presence, I was reminded and comforted, too, by  remembering the presence of my Heavenly Father.  I know from the Word of God that He takes His children very seriously.  I know that I am His.  And so, because of this confidence, I pray often, taking my fears to my Heavenly Father in whose Presence I find comfort.

The fact that I have faith in God doesn’t mean I am impervious or immune to fears, I just know Who to run to when I am afraid.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”  (Psalm 56:3)

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…”  “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  He reached down from on high and took hold of me.  He drew me out of deep waters.  He rescued me from my powerful enemy… they confronted me… but the Lord was my support.”  (Psalm 18: 2, 6, 16-18.)

“And there is no God apart from me; a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”  “I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  (Isaiah 45:21b-22, 46:4b)

When Jesus—who is described in the Bible as God’s exact representation (Hebrews 1:3)—walked this earth in flesh and blood, he interacted daily with human beings of all ages, stages, positions and walks of life.  One of the most tender interactions recorded in Scripture is when Jesus was in a crowd and welcomed little children who were brought to Him. This was not a cultural norm.  Jesus gave us this ageless, profound and comforting Truth as He opened His arms to the little children: “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”   And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”  (Mark 10:13-16)

In this passage, Jesus highlights the vital component of having a relationship with him: that we come to Him with the trust of a little child.  Little children don’t typically have to figure out every angle and what-if in order to trust someone;  they are humble, vulnerable, honest and guileless, which is so very precious to God.   Anyone familiar with children knows they come to people they trust—often— with needs and with expectations!  And we expect them to need us.  We would not turn them away in their need.  We are also familiar with the compassion that arises in us when our children cry out for us.  And we are imperfect parents!  Just think of the compassion of our God who made us and loves us with perfect love!  He is so tender that He uses, “the apple of my eye,” to describe His children.

I want to be very clear today:  You do not have to have yourself together to run to God. You have a God who knows you need Him.  Your need— whatever that looks like today— is not a surprise to Him.  And… You don’t ever have to not need Him!  In fact, we demonstrate our lack of understanding God’s deep love for us when we falsely think that we have to “handle” things on our own or only bother Him with the “big things.”  Faith and trust in relationships grow in everyday moments.  It is the same with God.  We get to know Him through a daily seeking and communing with Him.  God is eager to connect our seeking Him with His precious provision!

Let some of these truths comfort you and inform you about the God who loves you:
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)
“Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
He tells us that we can come to Him in prayer for all our needs and that He will guard our hearts with His powerful peace through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7)

In John 16:33, Jesus calls Himself our Overcomer in this troubled world.  Our Overcomer.  Are you going to your Overcomer throughout each day?  You can!

You were made to experience the peace and the fullness of a relationship with God.  He wants a vibrant relationship with you!  You are fully known and fully loved.  Jesus, came to repair and restore our brokenness and give hope and purpose to our moments and— greater still— to assure us that He even has our eternity in His hands!  He took care of that need for us even before we knew we needed Him to!  (1 John 4:10)  How much more, once we have trusted Him as Savior of our eternities can our hearts trust Him with the moments— needs, concerns, burdens, cares, worries, relationships, the present, the future— every part of our lives! (Romans 8:31-33)

I encourage you today to go to God like a little child.  Christ  even reminds us that “small” faith placed in Him is so precious and powerful!   Sometimes we just need to be reminded to practice trusting our Father God with child-like trust. Have you ever heard a little child pray?  Children pray for neighbor’s pets and friends boo-boo’s and stuffed animals and just about anything that pops into their minds— they take it all to God.  That is flat beautiful!!  Growing up and maturing does not mean we have to outgrow God!  In fact, the more we trust Him and we grow in faith, the more eager we will be to run to Him!  And as you get to know God, you will begin to want Him for Him and not only for what He can do for you.

And so, even as I comforted my little boy after his nightmare, I was reminded as I spoke Truth to him:  “Sweetheart, God hears you, God loves you and He cares about everything in your life.  You can talk to him anytime about anything and He will help you.”  I could feel him nod his head against me. “Even when Mommy and Daddy are not able to be with you, your strong, loving God is with you.”

Then, he said, “Mom, I want to pray.”  And so, with his little voice still quivering from having been crying, he talked to God.  “Dear God, thank you for this day.  Please help me have sweet dreams.  I love you so much.  I love you so, so, so much.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
And soon he was asleep.

His prayer wasn’t sophisticated.  It was simple and direct, grateful, needy and expectant.  And I know it pleased God’s heart.  As Jesus said, “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  (Luke 18:16)

Moments when fear meets faith are holy moments.  These are moments where faith is nurtured and grows.  These are moments that teach little children and grown-ups.  God responds to faith—even teeny-tiny faith.  Faith that sometimes simply and only calls out “Jesus!”  And even when we don’t ‘feel’ like He hears us, He is greater than our feelings. (1 John  3:20) He is mighty to save!

We all wrestle with fears. We all have needs great and small.   I choose to carry mine to God today with the expectant faith of a little child.  Will you go, too?

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

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