Monday, September 29, 2014

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Hello People! 
The Sage Hill Designs giveaway is STILL going on!


Go enter! 

Click HERE now!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fashion Friday | Caitlin Miller

Hi everyone!
 My name is Caitlin Miller, and I’m a 14 year old girl who loves fashion, but most of all, my Lord and Savior, Jesus! I lived in California for 10 years of my life, but 4 years ago, my family and I moved over to Japan to be missionaries. It’s been such a wonderful experience living in a different country, meeting new people, speaking a new language, and sharing our Faith in God to others. 
I’m so excited and thankful to my close friend, Eden, for letting me participate in this blog!! ((Thank you!!)) I hope you all enjoy the dress I’m modeling today! 


Dress ~ Borrowed from a Friend. 

Shoes ~ Local Mall, $18.00


Don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comment box, and you can visit Caitlin's blog at: http://simplycaitie.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sage Hill Designs | Review & Giveaway

Hey Everyone! 
Today, I have yet another giveaway for you! 

I'm especially excited for this one, since I am actually acquainted with the girls behind this business!:)
Picture from www.sage-hilldesigns.com

About (from website, for more information, click HERE): "We are four sisters who have been inspired by beauty and cute crafty things nearly all our lives.  we enjoy working with our hands and desire to combine the various interests and gifts God has given us to bless others and ultimately bring glory to the Lord." 

Some of my favorite products (pretty much everything they have is a favorite, so these are like the top two! haha) from Sage Hill Designs would include...
Picture from www.sage-hilldesigns.com
Rosette Necklaces ~ Listing Price: $15

Picture from www.sage-hilldesigns.com
  Flower Headbands ~ Listing Price: $10
I actually liked the headbands so much, that I bought one.  They are... a.m.a.z.i.n.g! They work really well, and are extremely comfortable. I'll be purchasing more in the near future! ;) 

So for this review, I received a pack of Hannah's beautiful Scripture note cards! 
Photo Credit: Hannah Hobbs
http://aglimpseofhisglory.blogspot.com





My Thoughts~ I loved everything about these cards... the gorgeous pictures, the encouraging Bible verses, the size, the texture, everything! 

They measure 4x5.5", have a blank inside, and kind of have a matte texture.  This texture gives the card a country/retro look/feel which is pretty cool. 

There is a different verse (and picture) per card, each one being very encouraging and uplifting!  They are a witness to unbelievers, and a great motivation for Believers!

These adorable cards also make for great gifts, thank-you cards, heartfelt letters, and quick "thinking of you" notes. 

Another really neat aspect about Sage Hill Designs, is that with every purchase, 10% of it goes to two different ministries! (Click HERE for more information.)

Overall, these cards are awesome, as is the entire Sage Hill Designs business! :)  Go check the website out, then come back and let me know what you think! Don't forget to make a purchase... they carry everything from homemade aprons, to hair accessories, and much more! 

Summary: 
Rating: 5 Stars!
Recommend to a friend? YES!
Customor service? Very Excellent!  


Before I get to the giveaway, I'd like to give all the Hobbs Sisters a very big THANK YOU for sponsoring this review and giveaway! :) Thank you so much!!! <3 

PRIZE: A set of Scripture Cards and a Beautiful Headband!
All photo credit goes to Miss Hannah Hobbs! :) Visit her blog at:  http://aglimpseofhisglory.blogspot.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

Guest Post | Rachel & Dani M.

Hey Ladies! 
Many of you requested that I start doing guest posts on my blog, and here's our first one! Read on to find out about this online magazine! 
~Eden
"A Hoe in My Hand" is meant to encourage girls to grow in the Lord, to submit their wills to Him, and to serve Him. We are in Alaska, living on a homestead- off the grid- in an unfinished house- and loving it!
  Hello!  I’m Rachel M., and I’m posting for both Dani (my older sister) and myself.  First off, I’d like to thank Eden for inviting us to do a guest post for her blog!
  Anyway, to introduce ourselves better:
Dani, 15, loves music, and plays violin, piano, and flute, and is teaching herself harp, viola, and cello.  She also sings.  She absolutely loves goats (she calls ours her babies- not sure what to say about that…. ;) ), and she snatches our cats whenever she can to give them a hug.  J  She writes stories, writes letters, writes music, and reads.  Most of the year, however, she is studying for either Bible Bee Locals or Nationals.  She does a lot of other stuff including knitting like crazy, making scarves, shawls, and other things, but I think it would take a lot of space to write it down, so I will go on to…
Rachel, 12, plays violin, piano, clarinet, and can pick her way along on Mom’s viola.   She also loves our cats and goats devotedly ( J ).  She loves cooking and baking, and tries to write some stories, but never finishes them.  (She always gets another brilliant idea for another one, then goes and starts it, then about 1/3 of the way through it gets another idea.)  She really likes to read.  She really really really likes horses, but unfortunately we don’t have one.  She also does the Bible Bee, and has qualified for Nationals in 2010 and 2012.  She plays with the younger kids as much as she can.  Outside.  Oh, and she also likes photography.   Aaaanyway, on to the point!
  We started A Hoe in my Hand back in 2012, with the intention of giving girls and young ladies insight on several different subjects, including letter writing, being A Friend That Loveth, and many other things.  At the end of each issue, we have a question that you can send in an answer for, which we will print in the next one.  There also is a theme for each quarter.
  We send it to over 80 people, some of whom send in articles and recipes for our next issue.   We send it out quarterly.  Or so we try. Usually it ends up being only thirdly, though. :D
  Soooo, if you’re interested in us sending it to you, go HERE and sign up.  We can only send it electronically.  (By snail mail it gets a little….expensive.)  Oh, and it’s free. 
  Well, that’s all I can think at the moment, so…
  Cheerio for now! 
  ~Rachel~

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Willow Tree Minerals | Review

Hello Ladies! :) 

Today, I have the utmost pleasure to introduce you all to... 


About (from website): "Willow Tree Minerals is a family owned and operated mineral makeup and pure & natural body care company. The integrity of our pure ingredients far surpasses any other organic or natural line on the market. We are proud to provide products that are not only luxurious but affordable. Our products never contain preservatives, chemicals, dyes,synthetic fragrances, parabens, bismuth, micro minerals or other toxins. There are no hidden ingredients in our products, unlike other main stream companies. We carry only 100% natural products that are effective and actually good for you!"

Some of my favorite products from Willow Tree Minerals would include...
Peppermint Ice Natural Nail Polish ~ $9.95 
Raspberry Ripple Natural Nail Polish ~ $9.95











The list goes on and on....






Cranberry Cove All Natural Lip Tint ~ $4.95 


For this review, Willow Tree Minerals graciously sent me... their Satin Foundation and Highlighter in Sheer Pink.  They also sent me a small sample of 




















My Thoughts ~ I was extremely pleased with this makeup!  

To start out with, I'm going to share my thoughts on the foundation, then move onto the highlighter and eye shadow. :) 

The name Satin Foundation basically says it all!  Willow Tree Minerals carry many different foundation products, but when I say the word "satin" I was like... hmm... I think I'll go with that! ;) I am SO glad I did! This foundation is truly flawless! I've been using it on top of my liquid Physicians Formula, and it really gives my skin a light and pristine look.  It's extremely light, so it doesn't clog the  pores or feel heavy on the face.   
According to www.willowtreeminerals.com, this Satin Foundation helps soften fine lines and skin texture, while it also provides healing minerals for acne and rosacea.  

I also found the shade guide to be very helpful, and also highly accurate.   I picked the "Linen" shade, but I was in a hurry when I did that, and looking at it now, I should've picked the "Lace" shade!  Oh well, next time, right? ;)  

Secondly, I received the Sheer Pink highlighter.  This was really fun and interesting since I've never used highlighter before... so after doing my research, I had a delightful time experimenting with it!  (Just so you know, I'm loving it so much, I'm even using it for eyeshadow!)  Leave me a comment and let me know how YOU use highlighter! :) 

So this highlighter comes in three different shades, sheer beige, sheer pink, and sheer peach.  Being that I love bright colors, I decided to go with the sheer pink and I love it!  It's super silverly and sparkly, which, is right up my ally! ;)   I tried to get a picture of it, but I couldn't get my camera to capture the gorgeous sparkle!

Last but not least, the eye shadow... Lora surprised me by sending this along with everything else! Thanks Lora! :) I received a little sample packet in the color "Socialite", it's a little dark for my taste, so I gave it to my Mother to try. :) She really liked the earth-tone color, the consistency, and the overall shimmer!  I personally would really like to sample some of the different colors! :)

Overall, I highly recommend Willow Tree Minerals! Go check them out, and order some samples! (You'll get a great price, AND free shipping!) Come back and let me know what you think!

Rating: 5 STARS!

 Thank you SO much for making this review possible, Lora!:)

For the rest of you, stay tuned for a big giveaway!
-Eden

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Friday | Corinn L.

Thank you, Eden for giving me the opportunity to do this...ok so my name is Corinn.  I am 14 and the second oldest of soon to be 9 in December :D ! 

  I love the Lord and I am a Bible-believing Christian.  I also loooooveee singing, as you can see by the music paper and the mic.  (Sorry about the lighting you cant really see the notes) 

So this dress I got from JCPenny and the jacket thingy was given to me by a cousin, I don't know where she got it from.  The necklace is from Hawaii somewhere.  I love long dresses because they are beautiful and modest and also not borderline.  

I also have a hair tip:  I did beachy waves to go along with my beach theme.  (By the way I also love the ocean (:) So when your hair is about 75 percent dry, all you have to do is put it in 2 french braids and wait for your hair to dry.  Normally I just do it overnight, but if you have somewhere to go in the evening, you can always just wake up, slightly spritz your hair, and throw it in 2 french braids and your ready to go.  After I take them out, I just put my head upside down and spray my hair with hairspray to hold it together and give it more volume and body.  


Well, I guess thats all so hope you guys like it and thanks again Eden! :) 



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recipe | Lemon Raspberry Muffins


Hey Everyone! :) 

Some of you requested that I post some recipes, so here's the first of many! :)
I recently found this recipe, changed it to make it my own, and my family absolutely LOVES it! If you make it, come back and let me know what you think! :)


Ingredients ~ 
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter AT room tempature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, PLUS 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat yogurt (I use the brand, Nancy's)
  • 3/4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries (you may need more if you are a raspberry freak!)  
Directions ~ 
  1.  Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest on medium speed until well combined, about 3 minutes.  Beat in lemon juice, vanilla, and egg. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 additions of yogurt, beating until just combined, don't overmix.  Stir in raspberries.
  2. Divide batter evenly among paper-lined muffin standard muffin tins, filling each cup three-quarters full. Bake until golden, about 18-20 minutes.  
  3. Enjoy!  
Notes ~ 
This only makes about 1 1/2 dozen muffins... you'll have to double and triple for a large family! :)  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone! 

I have the winner for the Treasure Hunt giveaway! 

But first, I'd like to wish the following young ladies a VERY Happy Birthday! 

Happy Birthday to....
Esther O. ~ September 16 (that's my little brother's birthday!)
Maria B. ~ October 1
Katie H. ~ October 26
Jessica L. ~ October 30
Raechel ~ October
Annalysa ~ November 17
and finally,
Rachel M. ~ November 30

Hope you all have a great day!!!

And now, for the giveaway winner! 
::DRUM ROLL::

Miss Katie H! 

Congrats, Katie! I will be in touch with you! 

For the rest of you, I have a huge giveaway and some reviews coming up, stay tuned! :) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blog Changes | Please Read!

Hey Everyone! 

Thank you all so much for completely the Eden's Evaluations Blog survey!  I loved reading all of your opinions, and I'm getting ready to make some very exciting changes and additions! 

Looking at my survey stats, I've found that you all want occasional/more posts on recipes, hair and craft tutorials, detailed fashion, music, random fun-ness, guest posts, and last but not least, a more colorful blog look! You know what? I completely agree!

So hey! What do you think of the new look? <Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!>
I'm loving it, stripes and mint green... what more do you need? ;)

Stay tuned for all those requested posts and subjects! If any of you would like to help out, leave me a comment and I will get back to you! :)

May the Lord, Yeshua bless you all! :)
In Christ,
Eden




Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Friday | Abbie S.

Hello! It's Abbie from The Blue Tree House. I did a Fashion Friday for Eden last winter and was more than willing to do another post. This time, I'm pleased to feature my sister Bethany. Bethany is 13 years old and is the third of four sisters, seventh of eleven children. She enjoys being in the kitchen, playing the piano or violin, learning Spanish, blogging, playing soccer and writing friends (but not necessarily in that order). :)



Bethany is tall for her age so finding a maxi dress that was actually long was wonderful! 

Polka Dot Dress: Stein Mart
Black t-shirt: borrowed
White Sweater: Old Navy
Black Coral Necklace: borrowed
Black Shoes: Payless Shoes


So what do you think? What would you wear with a polka dot dress? 
Leave your thoughts in the comment box! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Treasure Hunt | Review & Giveaway

Hey Everyone! :) 

Today, I have the great pleasure of reviewing, "The Treasure Hunt" by Miss Kate Willis. 
This book was just recently published, and even though it is a book geared towards children, I am so excited to share it with you all!

So without further adieu, allow me to introduce to....
The Treasure Hunt by Kate Willis
About the Author: "Kate Willis, a home educated young lady who loves the Lord, enjoys the Great Northwest with her family of ten. She loves to read, write stories and letters, garden, cook, and knit. It is her desire to serve God in the home ultimately having a family of her own in the future. "The Treasure Hunt" is her first book, and she hopes to publish many more."


About the Book: "When they reached the gnarled, old apple tree something white lying in the compost pile caught David's eye. He came to a sudden stop and jumped off his bike. Picking up the small package, he dusted off the grass mulch and carefully unwrapped a wooden block with strange carvings on one side. The paper, however, was more than just wrapping. "Your father's favorite pastime and your favorite foods are the keys to this mystery. Signed, Das Alte und Langweilig," read David as he studied the paper. They were silent a moment each thinking of the strange clue and even stranger signature. Anna was first to speak. "It seems like some sort of treasure hunt.""

My Thoughts ~ 
Thank you for signing it Kate! :)
I was very thrilled to receive this book, and even though it is written for young children, I found it to be quite interesting!  It would definitely be an excellent read-aloud for your younger siblings!  Not only is this story very intriguing, but also delightful humor and life lessons!
The easy print makes this book easy to read for eager new readers! :)  They will totally get caught up in the adventure and liveliness of this book!

Overall, I found this book to be extremely well written, easy and fun to read, enthralling tale, an encouragement for strong sibling relationships, and more!  I would highly recommend this book for younger children, new readers, and also older siblings!  (Hey, young children love to be read to.... which brings up the fact that I really should read "The Treasure Hunt" to my younger siblings!)

Please check out Kate's website, and click HERE now to purchase a book!

Before you enter the giveaway, I'd like to give Kate a big Thank You and Congratulations for her book! :) Keep up the amazing work, Kate! :)


Stay tuned! I have more reviews and giveaways coming up soon!  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fashion Friday ~ Anabelle E.

Hi Everyone! 
Thanks Eden, for letting me do this! :D
My name is Anabelle, and I'm a 13 year old homeschooler living in The Lone Star State... and lovin' it! :)
I'm a daughter of the King, and currently attempting to memorize the book of Jonah. :)
I love everything 1950's and 1960's (fashion, music, hairstyles, culture, TV shows, movies, etc.), my dog and cats, Square Dancing, listening to records, and hanging out with friends. (Who doesn't?) ;)

This is actually one of my only non-vintage outfits that I really love. :)




Headband: Modcloth. http://www.modcloth.com/shop/hairaccessories/through-the-wire-headband-in-spots. Modcloth has tons of cute stuff! :D

Earrings: (Sorry you can't really see them, they look like little treble clefs.) Kohls.

Blouse: Kohls.

Bracelet/decorative hair tie: Walmart; Ring: Kohls; Watch: Walmart.

Skirt: Bealls.

Shoes:
Payless ShoeSource.

Couldn't resist adding that last picture of me and my Casey. :)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ModestPop | Review & Exclusive Surpise!

Hey Everyone! :)

Today, I am very excited to introduce you to...

About (from Facebook): "Are you tired of having to look for an undershirt everyday so you can be modest? Look no further for stylish, affordable, high-quality modest clothes that, for the most part, don't require layering! We are proud to offer the best prices in the modest fashion world."

Some of my favorite items from Modestpop would include.... 

 ... the "Kelsy" dress ... 
$57.00

... the "Isabel" dress...
$61.00
... the "Anna Striped Skirt"...
$34.00

The list goes on and on, so I'd better stop! ;) 
For this review, Modestpop graciously sent me... 
 ... the Layering Cap Sleeve in white! :) 

What I Thought ~ I've only worn my layering tee once since receiving it, and being that I was assisting in food serving at a wedding, I didn't have time to get a good picture of it. :( Oh well, I'll have to feature it in an upcoming Fashion Friday! (It's about time I do one of those again! Haha!) 

Anyway, back to my review! ;)  This shirt is awesome! It fits perfectly, is extremely comfortable, and is so fun to experiment with! :) So far, I've tried it with a blazer and a vest.  Because it is so tight fitting, it doesn't bunch up and create a "frumpy" look. 
 
This layering tee comes in many different colors, so it is very versatile!  One thing I love about my tee is the fact that I can wear long necklaces with it! I've never been able to do that with collared shirts, but with my new layering tee...! ;)

Overall,
Anyway, I love my layering tee, and can't wait to experiment with it under dresses, with sweaters, vests, etc! :) If YOU have any ideas on how to wear one of these, leave me a comment, I'd love your input!
Lastly, I'd really encourage you all to visit Modestpop and share it with all your friends! :) They have high quality clothing, affordable prices, and even better sale prices! Check it out and tell me what you think! :) 


Oh, and for the exclusive surprise, Modestpop has decided to provide my readers with a 15% off coupon that lasts until 9/30.  The coupon code is: Eden15 

That's all for today, I hope you enjoyed that! :) I have some really neat giveaways coming up, so stay tuned! : D


Friday, August 29, 2014

Fashion Friday ~ Color Combinations

So instead of a normal Fashion Friday post, I decided to post a PolyVore set displaying one of my favorite color combinations.   Don't forget to leave a comment with your thoughts! Let us know your favorite color combinations and why! :)


This first outfit is made up of one of my favorite colors, teal! :) I made this set awhile ago, so looking at it now, I think I would make a few changes to the choice of necklace and camisole. : )
Teal....
My favorite colors to combine with teal would be golds, aquas, and certain light greens.

So leave your thoughts below! :)