Sunday Encouragement-Praying for Bennett

I shared with you last week that Colt was starting preschool. I talked about how our daughter, Courtney is having to let go. As mothers we all know that letting go is a part of the process.

Sunday Encouragement-Praying For Bennett

Colt goes to preschool 3 days a week, and he was having a great week until Friday when he had three “accidents” in his pants. Unfortunately, if you have three “accidents” you have to sit out for 2 weeks to work on potty training.

Courtney called me Friday afternoon in tears. I reminded her that it was not the end of the world. Colt would be fine and we (her family) would all help with Colt over the next 2 weeks. This is such a small bump in the road.

I was reminded of this when I read an update on Caring Bridge from a family that I’ve been fiercely praying for.

I mentioned Bennett to you all about a month ago. Bennett is a 2 1/2 year old baby girl that is fighting for her life. She has been diagnosed with a high grade and very aggressive infant brain tumor called a PNET.

Bennett had surgery and 95% of the tumor was removed but the 5% that is left is actually a BIG problem . I can’t begin to tell you all that this family is going through!

Sunday Encouragement-Praying For Bennett

I want to share an excerpt from Bennett’s Mom that she wrote on Friday:

“I’ve learned that chemo is similar to eggs and everybody takes it a different way. There are lots of different cocktails of medicines for every diagnosis so it is really hard to compare notes. For us, oddly enough, the worst part of the treatment, by far, is the dressing changes. This seems rather odd to anyone outside of the pediatric oncology world because everyone inside it KNOWS that the ‘tape’ is downright terrible. When we first got here several nurses would tell me that the tape is what patients complain about the most and I found that hard to understand. Well believe me…it is! Bennett refers to her tape as stickers. Since she has a double lumen line she has 5 VERY ‘sticky’ stickers that cover her entire abdomen. Every Tuesday all of them are removed and replaced with new ones. Chemo attacks those cells that rapidly reproduce and that includes skin cells so her skin is raw beneath the stickers. It really hurts to have stickers ripped off of already sensitive skin. No parent should have to restrain their child for nearly 30 minutes while they scream continuously and look at you pleading “let me go” and “it hurts Mommy.” I really can’t describe it accurately but it is horrendous. Bennett’s skin is already raw and blistered after just 2 dressing changes. I dread Tuesdays and I’ll take extra prayers on those days.”

I was in tears as I read Katie Ann’s post about Bennett.

So today, I’m going to ask a favor from you. Would you pray for Bennett this week?  I’m especially asking for prayers on Tuesday morning.

I know I have many prayer warriors who read my blog so I’m begging you to lift Bennett up in prayer. Pray this week they might somehow find “blessings” in the midst of all they’re going through.

If you’re willing to pray for Bennett, would you leave a comment just saying, Praying for Bennett.

I don’t normally ask this but would you share this post and ask others to pray for Bennett. I know this family would appreciate the prayers.

This song by Natalie Grant tugs at my heart. (You might want to grab a tissue.)

 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…Ephesians 3:20

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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Fashion Friday-Pinterest Inspired

Happy Friday friends!! Today I’m sharing a Pinterest inspired outfit. I’ve had these green shorts for a while but hadn’t worn them. I saw this outfit on Pinterest and decided to give them a try.

I love her necklace but I don’t like wearing one on the outside of my shirts, it’s not comfortable so my outfit is a little more plain. But don’t you love how my cell phone case matches my outfit? Ha!

green shorts and chambray

I added some green earrings and gold sandals. I’m headed out to do some shopping and I love wearing a chambray shirt because it makes trying on clothes easy. (Pin source here.)

green shorts and gold

I have two different chambray shirts on in these pictures. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. There’s not that much difference.

gold sandals with shorts

Chambray shirt-Old Navy//Green shorts-The Limited//Gold Sandals-Marshall’s

Don’t you love using Pinterest to help with outfit ideas?

I’m still overwhelmed with all the emails I’m getting after writing about menopause. I’m still answering them so if you haven’t heard from me yet, bear with me!

So many of you are ordering ylang ylang from Young Living, that I’m afraid they may run out! I’m glad I have plenty!

Beauty For the Heart~~My prayer for today, “I want to live so fully in the Spirit that every act of my life may be an act of worship.” -AW Tozer.

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Fall 2014 Shoe Trends

It’s time to start looking at the Fall 2014 Shoe Trends. Boots are always popular for fall and winter but this year the boots range from short, the bootie, to tall, the over the knee boot, and everything in between.

Fall Shoe Trends
You might think black is going to be the only shoe color this fall by looking at my pictures but I promise you can wear different colors. I must have been in a black mood!

1. The wedge heel and bootie is still on trend and if you like the gladiator look, you’re in luck, it’s still popular. Denim & Supply Starr Wedge Sandal

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
2. Over the knee boots are back with a bang. I definitely want to add these to my fall shoes. Nine West Noriko Over-the-Knee Boots

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
3. Booties, booties, and more booties. Tahari Maribel Booties

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
3. Buckles are popular so look to add them to your fall shoe collection.  Life Stride Yanni Booties 

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
3. Flats are “in” too and these even have a cute buckle. Michael Kors Dion Ballet Flats

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
4. Heels with ankle straps are on trend. GUESS Ambelu Pumps

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
5. Cut out shoes are also popular. I love this look! BCBGeneration Sloan Platform Booties 

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends
There’s a style this fall for all of us. Pick one or more that you like and you’ll be sporting some great fall looks!

Which shoes are your favorite? Which ones would you not wear?

Beauty For the Heart~~We all have doubts and bad days. We get our feelings hurt. We sometimes get mad at our husbands, our children aren’t perfect, friends can disappoint us. But God is always with us. When we’re having a bad day, the best thing we can do is give it to the Lord. Tell Him. He loves us unconditionally, and he listens to us.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalm 46:5 (NASB)

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Take An Outfit From Summer To Fall

I know it’s still summer but usually about this time of the year, I start transitioning some of my outfits to a more fall look. There’s nothing fancy about this outfit but it’s something I wear when I’m running errands. Here’s how I take an outfit from summer to fall.

Take An Outfit From Summer To Fall I’ve had this navy blue top from Old Navy for several years and you probably have something like it in your closet. As fall nears, instead of wearing it with white pants, I like to wear these green pants I recently purchased from The Limited.

Take An Outfit From Summer To Fall I obviously have no problem carrying a big handbag! I usually have my ipad in my purse so it’s nice to have something this size.

Take An Outfit From Summer To Fall

Navy top-Old Navy//Skinny pants-The Limited//Leopard print flats-Zappo’s//Handbag-Target

When do you start transitioning your outfits to fall? 

Beauty For the Heart~~My heart is so heavy this morning for the family that lost their journalist son to a beheading by ISIS. Can you even imagine if that were your child?? Today would you join me in praying for this family and all those that are suffering in Iraq.

Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were. Psalm 39:12

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Well, I was overwhelmed with your emails from my post yesterday. OVERWHELMED!! I wish I could hug each of you! I cannot believe how many of us our suffering from menopause, and to be honest, we’re suffering silently. I pray we can help each other through this season of our life.

If I haven’t answered your email yet, I will!! 

For those of you not interested in Essential Oils, don’t worry, this is still a fashion & beauty blog. I’m not changing that!! But I do want to share about healthy lifestyles from time to time so I hope you’ll bear with me.

We’ve had some crazy summer weather here in Kentucky. We had a mild day so I pulled out this light crew neck layered sweater. (For some reason my camera blurred me instead of the background, I guess it thought the background was prettier!!)

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

It’s perfect for a mild day. I’m wearing a white tank tucked in under the sweater. The sweater and the off white piece are attached. Does that make sense? I added my favorite Stella & Dot necklace.

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Crew neck sweater-Stitch Fix//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Wedge heels-6 p.m.//Jewelry-Stella & Dot

 Now to Young Living Essential Oils! 

I could write forever about these oils but most of you asked how I use them? Where do I put them?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils:

1. Inhalation (Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle)

2. Topical Application (Place 2-3 drops of oil in the palm of your hand or on the desired application area. Massage the oil in a circular motion onto the skin. Repeat as necessary.

3. Internal Consumption (Some of the oils can be taken internally. We can talk more about this later.)

This 6 minute video explains it PERFECTLY. I think if you’ll take just a few minutes to watch it, you’ll understand it much better!

Now really quick let me introduce the Vita Flex Foot Chart. This may sound crazy to you if you’ve never heard of it but you’re feet are a great place to massage your oils.

This chart not only shows where your organs are on the bottom of your feet but also where to rub certain oils.

vita flex foot chart

If you notice on the chart women’s reproductive organs are on the side of the feet. That’s where I rub Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.

I know it sounds crazy but it works for me and many other women. Also, there’s a great Pinterest board with lots of information on essential oils. These ladies know what they’re talking about and I trust their information. Go here to follow this board.

Okay, ask away! I’ll be sharing some other oils that would be good for menopause this week. If you want to join me and sign up with Young Living go here.

Beauty For the Heart~~“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let’s talk menopause! Do you feel tired all the time, do you have hot flashes that make you want to strip in public (or am I the only one that feels this way)? Do you dream at night you’re swimming in a pool but when you wake up, you realize you’re soaked in sweat? What about sleep problems?

Have you struggled with mood swings? There were months when my husband avoided me like the plague. The least little thing could set me off. This was not the woman he married.

After months of suffering, I talked to my OBGYN and she shared with me about HRT (hormonal replacement therapy). We discussed the good and the bad and because I felt I had no other choice, I started taking a low dose of hormones.

I did start to feel better but I was never comfortable with taking them. Cancer is prevalent in my family and I was afraid the hormones would increase my risk.

Thankfully, I started researching essential oils. I read of women who were using them and they were helping them with their menopause symptoms.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

I decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did! Here are the 3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause:

1. I was scared of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Period. There were too many side effects with HRT and I just didn’t want to take the risk. I tried it for 6 months and worried about it so much that I decided to stop.

My symptoms came back with a vengeance. I wanted to wave a white flag and surrender but I decided to look into alternative medicine.

2. I wanted to take something that had few or no side effects. I couldn’t believe that not only did the essential oils work but they had no side effects.

3. Essential Oils work for me! I can’t say it loud enough, they work for me! You have to find the oil or oils that work for you but when you do, you’re hooked.

Most people who use essential oils will tell you there’s usually one oil that worked so well for them that it convinced them that they really do work.

Which one is that for me? It’s Ylang Ylang.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Why? Well that’s a good question but one that’s kind of personal because it has to do with intimacy. So I’ve thought about it, and I’ve decided if you want to know you can email me at cyndispivey(at)gmail(dot)com.

The reason I use it is NOT listed above on the picture but I believe there are many of you that might be experiencing this same problem and I want to give you a safe alternative to treat it. So email me if you want to know.

I also use Clary Sage for hot flashes and night sweats and I’m super excited because I’ve ordered Progessence Plus. This one is supposed to be amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

I’ll share more about how I use my oils tomorrow. 

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let me be clear that we each have to do what we’re comfortable with. If you’re using HRT or bioidentical hormone therapy and they’re working for you and you’re comfortable with them, then keep using them.

If you’re interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, I’m offering a special for the month of August. (Those who signed up before August will be getting The Primary Usage Guide.)

If you order a Premium Starter Kit~~(I explain why to order the premium starter kit here.)

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause
You’ll get a Thieves hand sanitizer, Cap Labels, and The Primary Usage Guide. All you have to do is go here to sign up.
3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

If you have any questions, let me know!! 

Beauty For the Heart~~I was looking up verses in the Bible about oils. Oils are mentioned many times but I thought Ezekiel 47:12 was interesting, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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