Tuesday’s This or That

It is officially 41 days until my family and I leave for Jamaica and I could not be MORE EXCITED! Every Tuesday, I am going to post a series of This or That’s to get your help on what I should pack for my trip!

Comment below and tell me what your preferences are! I linked all items in case you want to shop right along side me.

As always, happy shopping!

The Gadabouter

Jamaica Swim Suit Line-Up

For those of you that do not know, my family and I are going to spend our spring break together in Jamaica!!! We couldn’t be more excited. As we are about 40 days away, I wanted to do some swim suit shopping and surprisingly there have been really good sales now that winter is coming to an end. Target has a swimsuit sale (where I got most of the kids suits) BOGO right now–by one get one 50% off. There are so many awesome options to choose from and if you are going on vacation soon, it might be worth it to take a look!

Let me know what you think and as always, HAPPY SHOPPING!

The Gadabouter

Lilli’s Swim-Suit Line Up

Coral Reef Swim

Target Suits

Jonah’s Swim-Suit Line Up

Target Suits

Why Should Evangelicals Observe Lent

Teach us to number our days and we’ll become aware of our mortality and our finiteness and we’ll thank God that we have been loved with the love that is stronger than death.

Pslam 90

Lent

Wednesday February 26th-April 19th

A Time of Solemn Contemplation

Growing up in a Christian household, we always held Christ in high regard–living our lives according to the gospel. We went to church every Sunday and my parents did everything they could to raise their two daughters in the ways of the Lord.

When I accepted Jesus in my heart, I quickly began to understand the importance of repentance–going to Christ in humility asking him for forgiveness of my sins. I remember crying hysterically once I fully comprehended the love of Christ and the sacrifices he made for me. Even at such a young age, the idea of sacrifice was a concept I understood and I truly wanted to do everything in my power to live a life Christ would be proud of.

As I got older, and started to understand more about the complexities of religion–I began asking questions that challenged my faith, deepening my understanding of Christ so I had less room for doubt. Knowledge is power and I wanted to learn as much as possible so I could unapologetically believe and lead others to believe as well.

In my early stages of seeking this knowledge, I remember seeing my Catholic friends at school with ash on their foreheads and asked with curiosity what it meant and symbolized. The idea of confessing your sins and expressing and professing devotion to God was something we did at church during communion, yes, but to have a specific tradition–which led to Easter (one of the most significant holidays in Christian religion–besides Christmas) I found fascinating. I never really understood why Evangelicals did not really celebrate Lent.

What is Ash Wednesday and Lent?

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lenten, a period leading up to Easter, a day where Christians recognize and celebrate the resurrection. Ash Wednesday–being 6 1/2 weeks before Easter, starts the 40 day fast (Sundays are excluded) in imitation of Jesus fasting in the wilderness before he stated His public ministry.

During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins, because they truly believe in what Christ has done for them. The true idea is to turn away from sin and believe in the gospel.

My Reason’s for Celebrating Lent

Even though it is not customary for an evangelical to participate in Lent, I want to formally participate this year. I may not go to Catholic Mass to get the traditional ash on my forehead, but I will pray and make a commitment to God to give something to Him for 40 days. I feel compelled to show a little sacrifice and to show intentionality in preparing my heart for Easter–a day that means so much to me and my family. Christ suffered and sacrificed so much for me, and Lent is a beautiful tradition that I believe allows people to show their love and devotion to the God who saves, forgives, and shows grace to His children everyday.

With Love,

The Gadabouter

My bible and prayer book that I will be using for the 40 days of Lent

Daddy Daughter Dance

“A father holds his daughter’s hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever.”

-Unknown

Oh my word, Lilli and David had the absolute best time at the Daddy Daughter Dance at her school.

Growing up, I didn’t have this opportunity but I would have loved to. Knowing how special a day like today is, we let Lilli have complete control over what she wanted to wear and how she wanted her hair. We shopped at Target, and my in-laws bought her the outfit to make her feel extra special for their date night.

My 6 year old is such a girly girl and to be honest, so opposite of her mommy, so we truly let her take the reigns as this was such a special day–as I would have picked out something she probably would not have liked.

There is something so special between the bond of daddy and daughter. With David, my husband, working a lot more recently, we wanted to document the occasion so Lilli could always remember her first date was with her daddy–a day when his undivided attention is on his baby girl!

Thanks for reading along!! I pray for all the daddy’s in the world always make sure they make their little girls feel loved, special, and wanted!

Shop her outfit!!

The Gadabouter

Lilli’s Outfit Details (Link)

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Spring Shoes Wish List

When I was creating my wardrobe transition outfits, I fell in love with so many different shoes I came across. I wanted to share the love with you guys. There is something about a good pair of shoes that gives me a sense of confidence. I truly feel that shoes can make or break an outfit.

The shoes linked below, I feel could go with so many different outfits. I I plan on buying & wearing them as often as I can. I love me a good pair of shoes–ammmmmmirighttt?

As always, tag me if you find yourself buying/wearing a pair, or comment below. Happy shopping!

The Gadabouter

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Winter to Spring Outfits

I find it so hard to sometimes find the right things to wear in that weird transitional time between winter and spring.

Living in South Carolina, especially–we never know what type of weather we are going to have day by day. Today for example, the high was 60 degrees, and tomorrow–SNOW is in the forecast. I thought Florida weather was bi-polar but I think that South Carolina is holding 1st place.

I wanted to come up with two specific looks, both totally my style, but to be honest–I could simply live in the new Lululemon Align (high-rise) Tie Die Leggings. I haven’t ordered this specific pair yet, but when I do, I think you won’t be able to get them off of me.

If you happen to live in an area a lot colder than it is in South Carolina, you can add a nice trench coat to the outfit on the left and a trendy puffer jacket to the outfit on the right. Either look allows room for comfort and both outfits have some color that represents the flowers that are about to bloom in spring!

Underneath the picture below, you will find the links to all these items. Simply click and shop away! Let me know of course if you like any particular outfit or if you purchase any of these items.

Here is to wishing for warmer weather and for Spring to get here a little quicker!


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Left Outfit

Free People Tie Die Tee

American Eagle Distressed High-Waited Jeggings

Minnetonka Studded Ankle Boot

Lucky Brand Zip Booties

Right Outfit

American Eagle Gray Sweater

Lululemon Diamond Die Align Leggings (High-Waisted)

American Eagle Slightly Distressed Mom Jeans

Adidas Shoes

Franco Sarto Gustar Sandal (Brown)

Happy shopping and here’s to SPRING!

The Gadabouter

National Drink Wine Day

Happy happy day! Today we get to celebrate the wonder of such a delectable beverage–WINE! Believe it or not, wine used to be consumed more than water. In the Dark Ages, wine was more considered more safe to drink than water was…making it the most widely consumed beverage of its time.

Today, wine is still gracing us with its presence, enjoyed by million across the world on a daily basis.

My kiddos refer to wine as mommy’s juice–as they know it’s juice that mommy doesn’t share as everything else is fair game.

Here are some wine facts to brighten up your day!

  1. Drinking red wine in small doses is better for you than not drinking at all.
  2. The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome where they used this method to make sure no one is trying to poison the other (bumping glasses makes the drink spill from one cup to the other). This tradition started even earlier in ancient Greece – where the host was to drink the first cup of wine to show his guests he does not intend to poison them.
  3. In ancient Rome it was forbidden for women to drink wine. If a husband found his wife drinking wine he would be allowed, by law, to kill her (umm, no thank you!!)!!!
  4. Don’t keep your wine bottle standing up – this can cause the cork to dry, shrink and oxygen\air might get in the bottle. Always keep the bottles lying down
  5. Wine is FAT free and cholesterol free!!
  6. The wreck of the Titanic holds the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the wreckage and the depth, the bottles are still intact.
  7. Two new studies have shown that polyphenols in wine (and chocolate!) increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, boosting cognitive ability. The effect gets even more beneficial as you age, since there is a natural reduction in blood supply around the brain later in life. All the more reason to have a glass of ‘medicine’ and a little dessert every chance you get.
  8. Some red wines are better for you than others.
  9. Young red wines are better for you than old red wines.
  10. The color in red wine comes from the grape skins.
  11. As red wines age, they become lighter in color.
  12. Nearly all red wines are made from one species of grape.
  13. Red grapes are older than white grapes.
  14. Red wines commonly contain less sulfates than white wines.
  15. Red wine grapes can be made into white wine.
  16. Hundreds of aromas found in red wine come from just grapes.

So here a toast to life! May your week be full of love, laughter, and lots of wine!

The Gadabouter

Sources

Wine Folly

21 Facts About Wine by Suzanne Redmond

Happy Birthday Lillianna Noelle

Happy birthday to you baby girl. How can words ever do justice for how much joy you bring to my life. God most certainly knew what he was doing when he chose me to be you mama.

My hope for you is to simply grow in a household full of love. I hope you always feel wanted and confident in who you are. I pray for your future while enjoying every moment I get to spend with you. Lilli, may you continue to smile everyday–your smile brings light to this dark world.

May God continue to bless your life and may you always rely on Him.

Happy birthday baby girl.

Love,

Mommy

Happy 1st Birthday

Happy 2nd Birthday

Happy 3rd Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday

Happy 5th Birthday

Happy 6th Birthday

An Amazon Valentines Day

Affordable Outfits

I know as a buys mom, I do not have time to go to the store to buy new outfits–so 100% of the time, I buy things everything online, after reading the reviews on quality and fit, and hope for the best. Y’all, please tell me I am not the only one who is obssessed with online shopping, and more importantly, shopping for various occasions.

This mama is going to be at home with her two kiddos this Valentines Day–as my hubby is always working on holidays (the beauty of the hotel industry). My day will be spent going to work, picking up Lilli from school, and coming home to get COMFY–making cookies with the kiddos to deliver to our neighbors to show them we love and appreciate them. My outfit will look differently than many wives celebrating Valentines Day, but below will link outfits that I think are super cute and affordable–FOR ALL Valentines Day occasions: a fancy night out (whether with your significant other or friends, a casual night out, or a night in watching Netflix (eating some yummy ice-cream).

A Fancy Night Out


Lark & Ro Women’s Pleated Ruffle Detail Cap Sleeve Square Neckline Sheath Dress, Black

I love this dress and I love how it is only $22.38! You can easily pair it with your favorite heels and if you are in a colder location, you can add a cute jacket to make the black underneath pop. The unique neck line elevates the look on this dress.

A Casual Night Out

shermie Women’s Cute Heart Pattern Patchwork Casual Long Sleeve Round Neck Knits Sweater Pullover

This heart sweater gives me all the feels–not to mention it is only $21.99 and comes in all sorts of colors! I think this sweater will look great with faux leather leggings or your favorite pair of jeans. I would wear some Doc Marteens with this, or to all my Florida peeps, a cute pair of Birkenstocks/sandals.

A Fun Night In

Serenedelicacy Women’s Silky Satin Pajamas Short Sleeve PJ Set Sleepwear Loungewear

Not to be biased, but this is what I am wearing on Valentines Day. I might add some funky socks to spice it up, but y’all, this is my reality and I LOVE it. I am going to look cute and comfy and the pink will make me feel like I am being festive–celebrating the holiday of LOVE. This pajama set is so incredibly soft and comfy–all for the bargain steal of $23.99. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Amazon. I will be wearing these while baking some yummy sweets with my kiddos and watching something fun and romantic when they go to bed. If anyone has any movie recommendations, please send then my way!

Gifts for Him

All gifts are linked directly to Amazon.

Gifts for Her

All gifts are linked directly to Amazon.

I hope all of this is helpful and if you buy anything from my gift guide, make sure that you tag in @angietorreswilson or on my The Gadabouter FaceBook page.

Happy Valentines Day, everyone! You are loved!!

The Gadabouter

The Resentment and Obligation of Valentines Day

It is official. The countdown to Valentines Day has begun in our house.

Resenting Valentines Day

My daughter Lilli gets so excited about Valentines Day, as it is a day in which she can shower her friends with the cutest little pre-made Valentines Day cards signed by her–attached with a cute little note that her 5-6 year old friends can’t read–BUT HEY, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Even five year olds know the value in feeling loved and how a small little card given with love could mean so much.

As she gets older, I know that her perspective on the holiday will change and evolve through time. What I want her to remember as she grows up is what this Hallmark holiday truly symbolizes: love.

In an article I read recently, “Valentine’s Day Isn’t About Love—It’s About Obligation” by Olga Khazan in The Atlantic, she states,

“Most people agree that Valentine’s Day is a good, if somewhat random, opportunity to shower loved ones with affection. At the same time, people also seem to resent the holiday’s obligatory nature.”

Valentine’s Day Isn’t About Love—It’s About Obligation, “Olga Khazan,” The Atlantic (February 14, 2014)

What makes people resent this holiday to the point where celebrating love becomes an obligation? Why resent something that represents what we need most in this world?

The resentment could be stemmed from insecurities of not having a significant other on Valentines Day–ultimately leading some to feel unloved and alone. Resentment could also come from unmet expectations– as many of us place such high expectations on this holiday. I think we ALL have a story in which we felt disappointed and felt unloved on Valentines Day. In fact, for the longest time I resented everything that came with February 14th as I, a hopeless romantic, felt every insecurity ringing in my ears. I would subconsciously ask myself why I was alone or why I didn’t have romantic plans to celebrate the day.

Recently, however, I have come to the realization that their is so much good that comes with celebrating love.

What I want my daughter and all who feel unloved or unwanted on this holiday is the importance of self love. There is beauty in confidence and power within the understanding that you do not need a significant other to celebrate what love can do for your life.

If you are one to call Valentines Day ‘Single Awareness Day‘, or one who simply feels alone and unloved, I encourage you to treat and love yourself this February 14th. Whether that means dressing up and taking yourself out to dinner or sitting on the couch (in your comfiest PJ’s) watching Netflix while eating your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream.

You are beautiful and wonderfully made!!! Let’s us love ourselves and love one another this Valentines Day!

The Gadabouter