Happy Friday friends from the 2nd Annual Manda Strong Foundation Golf Tournament!
I was up bright and early this morning to welcome in the golfers and help at the registration desk. It is such an honor to be a part of this foundation that helps mamas here in Collin County fighting cancer. You can read all about MSF HERE and of course, learn more about my sweet friend Manda who so bravely fought cancer three times before passing away in February 2017 HERE.
This is a very fun mix today!! There’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that for your Friday.
I’m super excited about my first favorite today because it’s one of my VERY favorite people! Friends, meet Jennifer…
Jennifer and I have been friends for about 10 years now. We met at church but became really close as she walked beside Manda during her last two bouts of cancer as her advocate. She was there for everything. She was there for all of her appointments, treatments, hospital stays, trials…she was there. She was in her home, helping make sure it was handicap accessible, making sure her family was okay, making sure Manda had the right doctors, resources, medications, therapies…friends, JENNIFER WAS THERE. And when Manda took her final breath and met Jesus face to face, Jennifer was next to her.
I tell Jen this all the time, but if I am ever told by a doctor that I have cancer, Andrew will be my first phone call and Jennifer will be my second. She is a rock. She has worked in cancer ministry for many many years plus she has extensive experience in health care along with health and wellness for 22 years. Jennifer’s new business is such a natural fit for her because not only does she have a masters degree in Human Nutrition, but has been a dietitian by profession (even though she dislikes that word because she hates “diets” and prefers to call herself a Wellness Empowerment Coach). Over the last year, she has launched…
What’s so cool about her wellness coaching is that you DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE HERE! It’s all done over the internet/phone (video chatting is a huge part of it!). She uses a simple and realistic approach (no funky, fad diets or strict restrictions!). Jennifer firmly believes that we must look at how physical health, mental/emotional health and spiritual health all go together. Body, Mind and Soul….it is how God designed it to work together. She loves helping women identify the obstacles that have defeated them in the past and empower them to take control of their weight and overall wellness. She always tells me that part of her passion for wellness is purely selfish. As a mom, she simply wants to look and feel her best and have the energy needed to manage her family’s busy lifestyle.
You really should check out her website especially to read THIS POST HERE about her time spent with Manda. Friends, it will gut you. It’s so raw and real…just like Jennifer. She also did an amazing job writing THIS POST about what to say/not to say to your friend who was just recently diagnosed with cancer.
I love Jennifer Pickett so much! She and I both sit on the board of the Manda Strong Foundation, and it is always so amazing to sit in a meeting and listen to her talk about the moms we’re helping and how we can better support them, love on them and communicate with them. She really does do it all (with that Alabama sass she has!). If you need some help with weight, fitness, diet, you’re just exhausted, emotionally drained, need an expert’s advice, you should contact Jen. You can find her website HERE, plus she’s on FB HERE and Instagram HERE.
Next up, ’tis the season friends for…
…the new Erin Condren Life Planners!!!
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeks!! It’s like Christmas over here!!!
How many years in a row have I acknowledged this occasion?! So many! These always makes me so happy!
Okay, the pic above is my new one. I just ordered a new little squares photo cover (I always buy the interchangeable covers because it makes it so much fun!) for it though. Here is what mine has looked like in the past…
…so I will get a new one to pop on with updated pics of my peeps.
Here is the inside of this year’s…
…I always love their “colorful” option, but they do also come more neutral too. My brain always operates with the school year verses the calendar year, so even though they launch a new planner every January 1st, I always get the most excited to buy this one that runs July through December of the following year (so about 18 months).
I’m a creature of habit and always select the vertical layout instead of the horizontal one. I like to line up my calendar like the time of day (so the top is morning and the bottom is night), but I know many people like the horizontal layout too.
I shared this example two years ago of the inside of my calendar…
…I add stickers and then use her colorful markers to write everything down. Everyone in my family has a color so that I don’t have to write “Ashby’s dentist appointment”, I can simply write “dentist appointment” in purple and know that it is for Ashby. Get it? I’m green, Andrew is red, Kensington is blue, Smith is orange, Ashby is purple, Madeley is pink, and then “other things” that apply to several of us go in black.
My very favorite day of the year is September 1st 🙂 .
Once you go to Erin’s website, you’ll be hooked. It’s just a HAPPY space! From markers to stickers, little pouches to hold it all, notepads, notebooks and more, she has everything you need to stay organized.
Who doesn’t love a sticker book?!
Just so much fun!
I love you, Erin Condren! Like seriously, this stuff makes me HAPPY!
Want to know what else makes me happy? Number three…
…I treated myself to a neutral Barrington bag!
I have been using Barrington bags for about 6 years now, and they always get me excited! All of mine so far have had brown leather, so this summer, I decided to get one with the lighter leather and I really like it! I bought the Savannah Zippered Tote along with the Everyday Essentials Pouch. I use these all the time when I’m hauling my computer around to dance, speech, Starbucks, etc. I take them to my kids’ sporting events to hold all of our “stuff” and they’re great on trips too! I also use this one…
…that I’ve had a while for my pool bag! This is the St. Charles Yacht Tote, and it’s much larger, so it’s great for all of that pool stuff we need to tote around (puddle jumpers, sunscreen, change of clothes, pool toys, etc).
Here’s a little look into my new one…
…the perfect amount of room for a daily tote bag! If you’ve never been to their website, it’s super fun to check out. You can go in and create and customize a million different bags just for you.
Guess what I’m going to do today?
I’ve just decided that in honor of Mother’s Day, I’m going to giveaway one Barrington Bag (the Savannah Zippered Tote) and one Erin Condren Life Planner to one winner AND a mom in her life! You get to pick whether it’s your mom, your daughter that’s a mom, your best friend that’s a mom…just one winner and the mom of her choice will win. Fill out this Rafflecopter below to enter to win!
I mean, how do we follow up that?! With this…
It’s perfect for any day…but especially Mother’s Day. See the recipe HERE.
Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! I hope you all have a blessed weekend! xo
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