Thursday, April 24, 2014

The 'let down' pattern

I've uncovered a pattern in my life.  *Walks around with a microscope while wearing a Carmen San Diego hat.*  Seriously though, where in the world is she?  I digress… 

I spend months (or years in this case) working on and obsessing over a project.  Complete said project.  No sooner than the next morning, I wake up and go "did that make a difference at all?"  "It probably didn't matter." "I guess I just wasted a lot of time."  "What's the point?"  "I should probably never do that again."  

I had that conversation with myself after this project:

And most recently, this project:
This is a picture from rehearsal for our Easter Play called "Pass It On."

Sometimes, there isn't a way to measure the 'success' or true impact of something.  Or, my measuring stick for success is wrong.  "No one said anything about it…"  "I got a weird look…" etc etc.   I find that difficult to contend with!   I want to know if all of my hard work made a difference!

It's like that in ministry, though.  That's why my pastor husband comes home and likes to do the dishes. He says he can measure success tangibly with the dishes.  But you can't with people.  The results are up to God.  And often, you will never know the results!  Boo.  That's a good thing, though, lest I start to think the results are dependant upon me rather than our almighty God.

But, but, but…. I like to know results!  Conclusion: It's not about my precious results.  It's about glorifying God and being faithful to share the truth of His word.  Will someone please remind me of that tomorrow morning??

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm not an organic type of mom, but I like this stuff

I'm not much of an organic, all natural product type mom.  I do own a pair of Toms shoes.  Which aren't necessarily organic, but many people that like all natural type things also wear Toms shoes.  I have friends and family that wear toms shoes.  And live organically.  This post really has nothing to do with Toms shoes…

I'm one of those 'whatever is on sale' type of moms.  I don't tend to stick to the same shampoo. I get whatever is on sale.  Nor do I stick to the same body wash.  Just whatever's on sale.  Same goes for deodorant, toothpaste, and face wash.  My problem with organic is that it tends to be pricey.  Recently, however, I've been thinking that I should do more research on some of the products I've been using and see how it could be affecting my health.  It's something I want to learn more about.

So, when Ashley contacted me about a company called Radiantly You, it was perfect timing!  Radiantly You sells beauty products like face washes and lip balms, health products (I noticed a nasal herbal decongestant!  I may need to snag some of that…), baby products, and cleaning products.  All products are toxic free, certified organic, and surprisingly affordable.  I got to try the Dead Sea Whipped Face Wash which sells for $11.50.

Ya'll know I give you my honest opinion here on J. Rae Writes.  I honestly could tell a difference between my drug store face wash and this stuff.  In a good way.  No stinging or irritation.  It felt good on my skin.  It felt cleaner.  As I've been using it this last week, my face has reacted really well.  

My husband's face, however, did not react well to this product.  He has extremely sensitive skin and a touch of eczema on his face.  He said it made his face feel really dry and uncomfortable.  I will say there are very few face washes that don't cause some sort of reaction for him.  If that's you too, ask your doctor or dermatologist about these ingredients:

I don't know much, but I know coconut oil and shea butter are excellent sources of general awesomeness.  

I really like the Dead Sea Whipped Face Wash and I recommend taking the time to flip through the Radiantly You Catalog which can be found on their website here.  You can also contact Ashley Rainey with any questions at I highly recommend working with Ashley! She's a wonderful momma and entrepreneur, and knows these products well!

Friday, April 18, 2014

4 reasons that every new mom should read e-books

  1. It couldn't be easier to read on your e-reader device with one hand while nursing or bottle feeding your baby with the other. 
  2. You can see the screen of your e-reader while rocking your crying baby in the middle of the night.  No extra light required.  
  3. No adding extra weight to the diaper bag with your books.  You have your entire e-library on one light device.  
  4. E-books tend to be a budget-friendly way to enjoy reading. 

To get your collection started, you can check out some of my e-books here, and stay tuned for a really exciting e-book bundle (starting Wednesday, April 23rd!) complete with extra goodies!  

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