Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #25

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #25! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word. 

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our sweet guest host this week is Caroline from Love, Caroline Blog!
Caroline has a fun DIY fashion blog! Make sure you stop by and check it out!

Now let's get started! But first, make sure you follow the host and guest host so you can stay up to date on all of the future link ups and posts
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Love Carolina Blog
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 50 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Amanda Lynne Designs

Over the past few years I have fallen in love with handmade. Anything handmade is just better. Period.
I'm excited for the opportunity to share with you one of my favorite handmade shops ever. 
Amanda Lynne Designs

Amanda Lynne Designs is full of beautiful hand stamped jewelry. Most of it is customizable so you can make it even more personal with special names, initials and dates!
Here are a few of my favorite's from Amanda's shop...
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 Every piece crafted is crafted with love by Amanda herself! That's just one of the many things that makes it special!

Amanda was so sweet and let me pick one of my favorite pieces from her shop. 
I chose this ring to put mine and hubby's initials on!
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It made my day when it came in the mail, cute packaging and all! 
 I love it. It's elegant and cutesy all in one!
 I also like that it's adjustable so it fits my abnormally tiny fingers.
 I started off with it on my pointer finger, but I kept snagging it on stuff (I do that with everything!).  I ended up switching it to my thumb where it's not in the way as much, and I think I like the way that looks even better. I've already received several compliments on it!
However you chose to wear it, this is a fun lovey dovey way to display you and your honey's love!

P.S. Guys this would be an awesome Valentines Day or Anniversary gift for your girl.......just saying!

Amanda is sweetly offering my readers an extra 15% off when you use discount code faith15. To start shopping, click the image below!
Amanda Lynne Designs

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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Making Memories

This past week has been Crazy (with a capital C for sure)!
I am finally sitting down with my lap top for a chance to recap after our big move.
Yes we finally did move after 3 months of hard work remodeling the foreclosure we purchased back in May!

I snapped a quick picture of our first home before closing the door for the last time. It was a bittersweet moment. I have been waiting for over a year now to move somewhere else, but through the whole process, God taught me a lot about contentment and "blooming" where He has planted me. I will share more on that some other time:)

SO many memories were made at our little duplex. 
It's where Jimmy asked me to be his wife and I said yes. (Read our proposal story here)
It's where we came home from our honeymoon only to find our bedroom tp'd  by my crazy siblings.
It's where we spent our first Christmas.
It's where I went into labor with our first baby and where we brought her home to on Christmas day.
It's really where it all began for us as a couple!

Now we are finally moved! Here we are on moving day with our  boxes piled high!
It's one of the few pictures I found time to snap as everything was a whirlwind. 
We are actually not quite finished with the remodel project but our lease on the duplex expired so we had to get out of there.

Our very first morning in the house, I tried to make a nice breakfast and the stove started smoking.
I opted for a pot of coffee and blew a fuse with the coffee pot.
Then the hot water stopped working.
That's how the memories are made people!

Now it's been 3 days and we still don't have a functioning shower or washer/dryer. Oh well!
Good thing you can't smell me through my posts huh?

Sweet Pea has been a little trooper through it all. It's been hard on her with all of the changes but here she is asleep in her new room for the very first time!

And before I head out, I will leave you with just a sneak preview of what the remodel job looks like...
Here is what our spare room looked like when we bought the house...

What it looked like a month ago...
Tada...what it looks like now...without the trim and baseboards:)
Stay tuned for more once I get all this unpacking done...yay!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Mommy Moments #58

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Amy from Not Your Average Amy!  I agree with her post [project fifty two] sleepthat there is nothing cuter than a sleeping baby!


Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #24

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #24! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word. 

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our sweet guest host this week is Courtney from Passionately Curious!
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Courtney's blog is a lot of fun! Make sure you stop by and check it out!

Now let's get started! But first, make sure you follow the host and guest host so you can stay up to date on all of the future link ups and posts
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Passionately Curious
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 50 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mommy Moments #57

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Rachel from Dreaming of the Country! Her post Having a Baby on a Budget is a definite must read.ways to save money with baby

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bloglovin Blog Hop #23

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #23! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word. 

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our sweet guest host this week is Yomi from Gwiyomi Style.
Yomi has a fun blog with lots of great reviews and giveaways. Go check it out!

Now let's get started! But first, make sure you follow the host and guest host so you can stay up to date on all of the future link ups and posts
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Gwiyomi Style
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 50 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I was being Impersonated

There is no way to explain the way my stomach sank when I discovered that I was being impersonated. 

Last night, I received an e-mail from a reader who came across a blog that was almost an exact replica of mine. The blog was even using the name Faith, and their "about me" page was a direct copy from my site. They were using my wedding photos and copying my posts word for word. 

I had heard of this happening, but it was one of those things that I thought would never happen to me! I can't explain how upset I was; it wasn't even the fact that this person was stealing my work that scared me the most. It's just unnerving knowing that there is someone out there pretending to be me!

I am so thankful that I am a part of a Christian ladies blogger group on Facebook. I immediately went to them for support and they were AWESOME! They helped calm me down and figure out what I needed to do to shut down the blog impersonating me!

Now that the blog impersonating me is finally shut down, I want to share my experience with you so that you can avoid the same thing.

If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation like I did, make sure you contact blogger immediately. These forms were not easy to find, so I have posted them below. The first one is for the copyright of the posts and photos only. I sent links to my original posts and then to the copied ones on the fake blog so Google could see that she was stealing my stuff. The second link is to report someone using your name. All you do for that one is send in a photo of your driver's license and a link to the blog impersonating you. Although I filled out both forms, I think the Impersonation form was the one that ended up getting the fake blog shut down.

Report Copyright Infringement

Impersonation on Blogger

I will be tightening up security on my blog from now on. You will notice that my photos are no longer able to be copied off of my blog. I will also be watermarking the photos I post to avoid something like this happening in the future. I hope if you haven't already, you will do the same!
Don't just assume it won't happen to you!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mommy Moments #56

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Cara from The Building of a House And Family! Her post Paci And Potty Training must have sparked something last week as she had over 20 visitors from the link up alone! I guess all moms want to know the tricks to taking the paci away and of course, potty training. Well, stop by and see how Cara did it!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #22

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #22! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word. 

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our sweet guest host this week is Kim from Enjoy The View
Kim's blog looks like it has a lot of fun tutorials that you don't want to miss out on!

Now let's get started! But first, make sure you follow the host and guest host so you can stay up to date on all of the future link ups and posts
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Enjoy The View
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 50 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mommy Moments #55

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Brit from These Happy Times! Her post Oh Hey There highlights her summer including a peek at her adorable baby bump.


Our guest host for this week is the author of Keeper of Reign, Emma Right! Go check out her great blog and her book too!Emma Right | Keeper of Reign


Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
<div align="center"><a href="http://the-life-of-faith.blogspot.com//search/label/baby" title="The Life Of Faith"><img src="http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k537/faithkonrath/mommymomentsbutton.jpg" alt="The Life Of Faith" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Passion Pursuit-What kind of love are you making?

When I was first asked to review Dr. Juli Slattery and Linda Dillow's new bible study Passion Pursuit: What kind of love are you making?, I was hesitant.
Do I really want to write about sex on my blog?
Because I want this blog to be a ministry to other moms, wives and sisters in Christ, I decided to take a step outside of my comfort zone and share this with you to be an encouragement; maybe even a challenge!
As Christian women, we should not be afraid to discuss the topic of sexual intimacy within marriage.
After all, sex was created by God!
The deal was sealed when I saw that the study was written by two of my favorite women. Linda Dillow is my all time favorite author and I love Dr. Juli from Focus on the Family. I have learned so much from both of these women!

I loved this study from the minute I opened the cover.The way it is written is so personal and fun! I felt like I was having a girls weekend with Linda and Juli and I couldn't wait to get started.
The very first chapter dives right in to the Biblical perspective of our responsibility as wives. A lot of times we don't realize the power of influence that we have over our husbands!

Proverbs 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."

That power can be used to build up...or destroy.

I love that this study doesn't give a "cookie cutter" remedy for having a successful marriage or a good sex life. It takes a look at relevant Bible passages and then encourages you to determine how they apply to your individual marriage and your own husbands needs. Linda and Juli take a look at the sexual things that are forbidden in the Bible and the sexual things that are encouraged within a marriage. It's not just about pleasing your husband as much as it is about pleasing the Lord and bringing Him glory in your marriage. 

This study is totally interactive and not just an easy get-through-it read. It challenged me to think about my own marriage from a Biblical perspective and realize that there was a lot of room for improvement in my own attitude towards things. Linda and Juli don't shy away from tackling the hard topics; this study covers everything from sexual abuse in your past to dealing with sexual temptations. Passion Pursuit is really designed to get you thinking about what may be hindering you from the love and passion God desires for your marriage. 

This study has been so refreshing for me and my marriage as I work my way through it. In a culture that has such a jaded view of sex, even within marriage, Passion Pursuit brings it all back to what the Bible says and what God's design is for passion within marriage.

I'm excited to offer my readers a chance to win their very own copy of Passion Pursuit! Enter via the Rafflecopter below. 
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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