To those blessed days…

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Too often I take for granted how blessed I really am. I have the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Savior and in my heart, 4 kids, an AWESOME hubby a roof over my head and owned vehicles and more. I am just so glad for all that God has given me in this life. For the days I may not feel blessed I hope this post will not only inspire you, but myself as well.
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With the holidays approaching and this holiday or month being about Thankfulness I will be the first to admit that a lot of times I am not thankful enough, instead I just go through life wanting more and more only to find that what I finally got wasn’t enough or what I actually needed.
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The day I took these photos my children were all great and went to bed SUPER early than normal, the weather was summery and breezy (unlike the 30 degree and less weather lately).

God made a beautiful day that day and for that I am thankful.
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I am thankful that I got this maxi skirt and black top from JCPenny for free with the buy $10 of stuff or more get $10 off coupon. When I feel I don’t have enough- even in clothes God always provides. When I have been with little food, patience, perseverance, faith, clothing- God has provided and for that I am thankful.

What are some things you are thankful for? What are ways you can be thankful this holiday?

Outfit details: Shirt: JC Penny (clearance)//Skirt: JC Penny (clearance)//Flats: Mix It (via Plato’s closet)//Necklace: dxmall.com//Nail Polish: Rimmel London: Red, Steady, Go..

There is still a few more days left to enter the “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. I thank everyone who has linked up (some multiple times, and some new so welcome). I will feature my favorite 5 next Tuesday, November 25, so check back to see if yours is one of them.
Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

 

Garay Treasures
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Rachel xo
Linking up with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me
The Fashionista Momma

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Shopping My Closet

Creative Mondays

still being molly

Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis
Bless Her Heart Y'all

The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly

Tie it in

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This has to be my favorite fall look yet, and you know why? I had to TIE IN my two new favorites to my already favorite long sleeved tee and leopard print shoes and that is my new plaid blanket scarf and H&M bow necklace.
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I have been hunting for an affordable bow necklace for awhile now, and although this one was daintier then I would have liked I just am in love with it and it was only $4.95 at H&M. My lovely sister Annalise paid half of her $2 into it because she knew I loved it so much even though I had the money for it already- thanks sister!
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This Zara blanket scarf is just the comfiest thing since snuggling up in bed with a book and warm tea. I am so in love with it I can’t wait to purchase another one and SOON!
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This is the second way I have styled this scarf, you can check out how I styled it before here.
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Outfit details: Scarf: Zara (gift, sold out online)//Bow Necklace: H&M (in store, not online) ($4.95)//Bracelets: Charlotte Russe (part of a set of 6 for $1.99)//Shirt:Merona (old)//Pants: Merona (old, via Target)//Flats:Mix It (via Plato’s Closet)//Purse:Merona (via Target, old)//Nail Polish (Rimmel London: Major Brown $1.98 at Wal-mart).

What are your favorite fall accessories or looks?

*photo credits to my sister Annalise for snapping these. THANK YOU SIS! Love you!

If you have not yet linked up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up you can do so in the link below. I will feature my favorite 5 next Tuesday, November 25.
Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

 

Garay Treasures
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Rachel xo
Linking up with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me

pleated poppy


Shopping My Closet

still being molly

Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis



The Fashion Canvas
Bless Her Heart Y'all

The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly

Ornaments Tradition

The weekend after thanksgiving is normally the held traditional put up the tree.  With all the plastic blue and silver sparkling balls, silver and blue tinsel, blue lights there comes last the ornaments of yearly celebration. These ornaments are hand picked and special.       These are special because each of our children receive an ornament on Christmas of something they personally accomplished that year or liked. It is grandmas job to hand select the item to become an ornament and place the name and date on  the ornament of the child and pass it on as a gift.

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Since last Christmas (2013) was the first Christmas for my twins these are the ornaments they received. Grandma hand painted Elizabeths’ to pink and white as they were originally a boyish color.

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Xanders first ornament was this little frame, in which I placed his newborn photo (2012). The second ornament is special because Xander loved riding in his Cozy Coupe little tikes car that year as he began to walk (2013).

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Nevaeh received a princess ornament last year (2013) and a ballerina in 2012 because she took dance.

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I even received an ornament the year my hubby and I were dating/engaged (2009). After a child gets married the tradition breaks with that child and begins again with their children. Now since my hubby and I are married his grandmother no longer passes ornaments on to him, but my hubbies own mother (grandma) give ornaments to our children (her grandkids). Here are my hubbies years worth of ornaments since the time he was born in 1982:

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Each of these ornaments tell a story about my hubby and I am so proud of all his accomplishments from soldier, handy man, dog owner, camper, weight lifter with a few of his favorite Disney characters thrown in as well.

I can’t wait to see what ornaments my children get as gifts this year. I thank the efforts of my mother-in-law (grandma) and great grandma for continuing this special and thoughtful tradition.

What traditions does your family do during the holidays?

This post is part of a Holiday Blog Hop with 7 of my other favorite blogging friends. All of us are mommas with Christ in the center of our parenting, marriage and life. So please check out their blogs below.
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Holiday Crafts~ Abiding In Grace

Our Holiday Travel Decisions~ BYBMG

Keepsake Ornaments~ Almond Place

It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas~ Simply Free Blog

Ornament Traditions~ Garay Treasures

UnStuff Gifts for Hubby~ All Kinds of Things

Saving Money on Christmas Cards~ Teressa Jane

Favorite Holiday Crafts~ Living In This Season

Guest Post: Mandy and talking of becoming debt free

Today I am glad to be sharing my space with Mandy of Almond Place blog as she tells you a little about her debt collection and how she and her husband turned it around. This is near and dear to my heart and I couldn’t be happier to share this post with you. Read on to see what they decided to do, cut back and how they live and are nearer to being debt free. You can check out her blog and social medias below as well.
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Image credit: debt roundup.com

Hi There! Thanks so much to Rachel for allowing me to guest post of her lovely blog today. I’m Mandy from Almond Place, Wife to Jim, Mama to Andrew (6), Jacob(5) & Grace(2). We live in Sunny Arizona and are just trying to enjoy the ride!

After our Jacob was born in 2009, he was rushed off to the NICU. He was our second kid to hit the NICU at birth and we were quite honestly still reeling from the medical bills from our first son. I remember barely having that bill paid when I was full term with Jake. Having a kid in the NICU is terrifying….not knowing how you’re going to pay for it? Even worse.

You see, even though the hubs and I had great jobs, we were over extended. We both had car loans, school loans, a new mortgage, and two young kids to now take care of. Throw in some family vacations and our wedding just 2 years before that and we were stuck. We were barely making ends meet and we were out of options.

It sucked the life out of us.

We quickly made the decision to stop doing what we were doing but we didn’t know WHAT to do. We thought a bit about the life we wanted and then started brainstorming. It was in early 2010 when I stumbled upon my first blog. Simple Mom. That January, a whole new world (cue the aladdin soundtrack) opened up for me. I discovered an entire new world of information, ideas and best of all friends.

Through the Simple Mom Blog, I discovered a program called Financial Peace University. Now, I know Dave Ramsey isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I can honestly say that his class changed our lives. When we stepped into that class that first day and they had us write down our debt, my heart stopped when I had to write $78000. SEVENTY EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS. It seemed daunting and impossible but we were determined.

We studied, did the assignments, met regularly and talked about every single penny we had and where it was going. We made radical changes and then made some even MORE radical changes.

We know we are going against the norm. My latest example is that we are currently living in a 1100sq ft. condo with our family of 5. We only have 2 bedrooms so the kids all share one room. We have one vehicle and chose to move within 5 miles of our jobs and schools. The hubs rides his bike to work. We have an established plan, that we do occasionally deviate from, to get ourselves out of debt. We have been actively working on and are now down to $20000. We have paid off $58000 since February 2010. It’s taking a little longer than planned and there are probably areas where we could be even more diligent but having this weight lift off our shoulders has been amazing and I can’t wait until we are done!

I know this is not conventional. I know it’s not for everyone. But I wanted to share with you in case you’re struggling with debt, or are going through this process….it can be done!!

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I’d be happy to answer any of your questions if you’ve got some to throw my way. You can find me at my blog Almond Place, Facebook, or on Instagram.

DIY Busy Bags (for toddlers and preschoolers) part 2

Today I am over at @livinginthisseason.com guest posting for Keri today. I hope you will head on over to her blog here and check out my part 2 of DIY busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers activities.

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You can find my first DIY busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers here.

Rachel xo

Come back tomorrow to meet my own guest poster Mandy. You won’t want to miss what she has in store. I am thrilled that she is taken up my space.

**Interested in guest posting? Want to guest post on my site in the future? then e-mail me at Rachel(dot)garay@me(dot)com for more information and for a special.

 

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up #11

Happy Veterans day! Today my hubby has taken time off work and we are heading to a few restaurants or little shops for free deals since he is a veteran and to just spend some time as a family. Now to figure out where to eat?!
It is just awesome to see that I am presenting my 11th post of this series “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me” just AWESOME! I thank you ALL who have come by and either read, linked up and/or followed. In case you are new I have been posting this link up on Tuesdays along with my favorite or inspiring 5 bloggers that linked up from the previous week. This past Tuesday I took a break from the link up since I had other commitments, and Halloween to deal with. So it is good to be back. I can’t wait for you to meet todays featured bloggers and of course to read your posts that you link up. Please follow the rules to linking up below and have fun. This link up will remain LIVE for two weeks.
Fashion:

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Megan of @fashionistamomma.com delighted me with a post on her take on pumpkin picking in a grungy fall style. This look definitely reminded me of the fashion of the 90′s which is A-OK in my book. See the original post here, and get a peak at how cute her girls are too.

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I will admit when I opened Carries post about “Pumpkin Picking Outfit” my eyes just dropped to this look, of course I read the rest of the post but I REALLY enjoyed this outfit on her. The long sweater, cute infinity scarf and boots I would just love to have in my closet right now just resonated my for now dream look. Yes! I am on the hunt for a sweater just like Carries in a grey or caramel color so I will live vicariously through her for now. You look lovely Carrie thank you for the inspiration. You can read her post here.
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Jill of @dousedinpink.BlogSpot.com and Susan of @charminglucy did a “Two Ways to Style a Graphic Tee” post and I just loved their take and different styles  with the same tee that I HAD to share these with you. Jill styled hers with a maxi skirt, while Susan styled hers in mixed prints. I just love how casual these look as well as how simple everyday wearing outfits these are. I also wanted to feature these ladies and their collaboration because I have secretly wanted to do the same thing (style a piece of clothing with another blogger) but haven’t come up with something yet, but I have someone in mind for the spring. You can view their original posts here (Jills) and here (Susans). *If you are interested in future style collaborations let me know in the contact tab above. Thanks*

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Marta of  @sweatersstripesandsweets.com linked up a look a lot like Carries above only I just loved the  grey skinny pants and flats- this is definitely my go to look in real life. I also have grey skinny jeans on my wishlist and have for half a year now so I just loverd Martas’. You can view the original post here.

Thoughfulness/Encouagement:

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Becky of @bybmg.BlogSpot.com posted a quite thoughtful post on encouragement for women who have or know someone who has gone through miscarriages, loss of a child, struggles of getting pregnant, etc. As an expectant mother to her third right now she is writing in awareness that sometimes it might be rough for some people to hear this wonderful news. I read her post in tears because I myself have been there with a miscarriage and so has she. I was so encouraged by her words and thoughtfulness. I hope you can check the post out here.

Thank you for coming by today and for linking up, I hope you meet some amazing sweet new bloggers and become inspired yourself. Now please take a look at the rules, link up and check back here on Tuesdays to see who I have featured. Yours could be one of 5. Thanks!

Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

 

Garay Treasures
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Girls (moms) night out

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful and I will tell you why in a bit, but first I wanted to show you my latest obsession- this Zara plaid blanket scarf.
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I believe it is DEFINITELY my new favorite scarf. It is warm and so versatile, I just can’t get enough of it.
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I have already pinned a million (well not quite a million) ways to wear it too on pinterest. I cannot wait to style this scarf in multiple ways. Now on to my weekend and girl or mom talk.

I have come to learn that in every mom or wifes life there comes a time where you just want to be free of responsibilities or kids, this past Friday night it happened. For four hours I was kid-less and chose this time to spend with two of my sisters shopping. It was glorious to laugh at the wittiness and attitudes of my sisters (both speak their mind to much), as oppose to my shy personality. The quality time and good deals were also a plus.
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Lately, I have been learning that moms often times feel guilty to have alone- enjoyment time, am I alone in this? I brought up this question to a group of other moms or single women alike at church the other night in Bible study and found I wasn’t alone. Even if you are not a mom, I also learned years ago that sometimes even wives with or without children need separation from the stress of life and just do things for self. Examples might be going to get a facial, go for a long drive, soak with a book and candles in a warm bath etc. I have been taking a few more hot baths lately, online shopping when I can because I have learned that I need to treat myself or the old saying comes true “If momma ain’t happy nobody is happy.”
Before I get to the details of the outfit I wore above for my girls night out. I would like to share some links of other blogging friends of mine and their take on taking a break as a mom. I enjoyed these and I hope you will too.
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Keri shared on how to start a habit each week of self-care in some form, and shared encouragement on this. You can find her post here.
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Keri also shared on how important it is to make time with friends without kids and some ideas on what to do with friends, like coffee, shopping, a painting or craft night, etc,. Read the post here.
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Elizabeth took time away from kids, phone and social media to enjoy a good hard copy book, coffee and making short term and long term goals. Read her post here.

What are some things you do for a girls night out? What do you like to do to treat yourself?

Outfit details: Blanket scarf: Zara//Earrings: ALDO//Bracelett: gift, thrifted//Coat: Merona (via Target, old)//Pants: St. Johns Bay (old)//Shoes: Merona (via Target, old)//Purse: Merona (via Target, old).

Linking up to:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me
The Fashionista Momma

pleated poppy


Shopping My Closet

Amy Fashion Blog

Creative Mondays

still being molly

Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis
I do deClaire
Bless Her Heart Y'all
Style Honestly