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Tori Jones – God says that I’m Beautiful

24 Mar

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For the next two weeks, we are doing a series on what God says about beauty to lead up to our March Beauty Bash and Lunch to benefit the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Today’s interview will feature Tori Jones, and I know that you will enjoy hearing from her!

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty means to me that you make others feel beautiful. I want ever person to see the beauty in them.

What inner trait about yourself makes you feel beautiful?

My heart. My love for people.

What outer feature about yourself do you love?

My dimples. They are a birth defect but I think they are beautiful. I love that me and my sister both have them. It makes me feel close to her.

What is one (inexpensive or free thing) you or other women can do to make themselves feel beautiful?

Polishing my nails. Even when i just use clear polish its makes me feel special. You can get polish at the Dollar Tree!

Blessings,

Tori

Thanks again to Tori for her fun and honest interview!

You’re officially invited to a fashion show/beauty bash/amazing lunch….

For more information, please visit the events pages below!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/424589357632345/?fref=ts

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/March-Beauty-Bash-and-Lunch.html

***We are giving away a free spot at our March Beauty Bash, Fashion Show, and Lunch – to qualify, please leave a comment on this post on what beauty means to you!

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” my fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oRdKMth_eE

***Want to become a better wife, or to prepare for marriage, (regardless of whether you’re single, engaged, dating, or divorced?) Get signed up for my “Brides in Training” class – I’m enrolling now, and it’s for EVERY woman regardless of marital status – for more info, leave a message in the contact section of my website below!   🙂   It’s a fun and interactive class that can be taken in person, via Skype, online, or over the phone. Wisdom, fun, and lots of laughs are guaranteed!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Coaching.html

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

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Just left a wedding…now I want to get married again!

24 Mar

Every time I go to a wedding, it reminds me of my own almost six years ago.

It also makes me want to relive my magical day, (with the same guy of course!) 🙂

Today I went to my friend’s wedding, and it was sooo much fun!

I think the groom was crying at the beginning, (which I always love,) 🙂  and at the end, we had a full fledged worship service!

I love how the bride and groom looked into each other’s eyes, like they were so ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

It made me think back to when I had just met my husband, and became giddy when the phone wrang, and it was him…to the times when just holding his hand brought goosebumps to my arm.

Although we have been married for a few years, I still love being around him, and spending alone time with him.  🙂

In fact, tomorrow I have a surprise date planned for him, and I know that he will love it!

So no matter if you’re a newlywed or have been married for 40 years, keep the romance alive!  Cook him a special dinner, light some candles, get a sitter, or just cuddle under some blankets after the kids are asleep and watch a funny movie!

Let’s not let the newlyweds be the only ones who are happily married – re-ignite that passion!! 🙂

You’re officially invited to a fashion show/beauty bash/amazing lunch….

For more information, please visit the events pages below!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/424589357632345/?fref=ts

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/March-Beauty-Bash-and-Lunch.html

***We are giving away a free spot at our March Beauty Bash, Fashion Show, and Lunch – to qualify, please leave a comment on this post on what beauty means to you!

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” my fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oRdKMth_eE

***Want to become a better wife, or to prepare for marriage, (regardless of whether you’re single, engaged, dating, or divorced?) Get signed up for my “Brides in Training” class – I’m enrolling now, and it’s for EVERY woman regardless of marital status – for more info, leave a message in the contact section of my website below!   🙂   It’s a fun and interactive class that can be taken in person, via Skype, online, or over the phone. Wisdom, fun, and lots of laughs are guaranteed!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Coaching.html

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

The world says “don’t get married”

19 Feb

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I don’t know if it’s just because this is February, the month of love, but I am just on a roll when it comes to talking about marriage, relationships, etc!!lol…it’s like I can’t stop! 🙂

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I recently had an engaged lady sign up for my brides in training coaching yesterday, and she told me how so many of her friends were disappointed upon hearing that she was getting married.  This deeply saddened her.  She was an amazing gal who had found an amazing man…why couldn’t they be happy for her?

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While the reasons can be many, can I tell you something?

No matter what others tell you, God created marriage, and it is good.

The world’s views may change, but aren’t we lucky that God’s word is still true when it comes to marriage. 🙂

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God never said it would be easy, but in the end, it’s well worth sticking it out! 🙂

Think about anything else that you are proud of.  Was it easy?

Ladies, was it easy to give birth to your children and carry them for nine months?  Some will say yes, 🙂 but for me, it wasn’t!lol…

Men, is it easy to work that 40 + hr a week job that you hate?   Of course not, but you do it to provide for your family.

Was it always easy and fun to study for your college courses?  Of course not, but you’re (hopefully) 🙂  enjoying the advantages of having a degree.

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So today, don’t allow the world’s views, friend’s negativity, or stories you might have heard to cause you to become jaded or rob you of God’s amazing plan of marriage.  Set your focus on the Father, ignore any naysayers, and be excited about your marriage! 🙂

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And I’m not saying this b/c my own marriage has always been perfect…I’m so gung-ho about good marriages b/c I know how amazing it is to stick with it and enjoy the awesome joy that marriage brings. 🙂

Blessings!

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” my fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oRdKMth_eE

***Want to become a better wife, or to prepare for marriage, (regardless of whether you’re single, engaged, dating, or divorced?) Get signed up for my “Brides in Training” class – I’m enrolling now, and it’s for EVERY woman regardless of martial status – for more info, leave a message in the contact section of my website below! :) It’s a fun and interactive class that can be taken in person, via skype, online, or over the phone. Wisdom, fun, and lots of laughs are guaranteed!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Coaching.html

I used to boycott Valentine’s Day!

11 Feb

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Here’s my picture from “sophomore” year of college – technically it’s really not sophomore yr. because I finished in 2.5 years…but that’s another story for another time.  🙂  Anyway, I know that you are probably really surprised to read the title of this post because I’m always blogging about marriage and my kids, etc.  🙂

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But believe it or not, I wasn’t born married!lol…there was once a time that I had no husband or children…(although it is hard to remember…haha…)

Another “mom friend” and I joked about how our kids would probably always see us as “mom,” not realizing that we weren’t born moms.  Before marriage and kids, we were teens who wore body glitter in the 90’s, listened to boy bands like N Sync, (although I was never that hard core into it like some…lol,) and went to prom’s and ring dances.

And at one point, we were disgruntled young ladies who boycotted Valentine’s day due to the lack of a Valentine!lol…

I remember one year I didn’t have a Valentine, and I was so sad.  I wore all black, (kind of as a joke to make fun of my situation,) but inside, I was actually pretty bummed about it.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, (and I’ve been there too,) remember that life has a way of changing, (often for the better…)  🙂

…And while the years between being single and married aren’t always easy, it does make it that much better when you do have your husband for your Valentine.  🙂

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…You think back and are so glad that he’s your Valentine, the father of your kids, and your best friend.  You know that even though sometimes you annoy each other, you couldn’t live without each other.

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So today, if you don’t have a Valentine and wish you did, realize that life works in seasons – soon, things may change.  Just hang in there, baby! 🙂  Go out with single friends, watch a movie, and thank God for all the other things that you DO have. 🙂  Just don’t get all weird and wear black to boycott it like I did!haha…

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And if you’re married, kiss your spouse and enjoy your time with them – marriage was made to be fun, so HAVE FUN!  Nuff said! 🙂

Blessings!

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” my fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

***Want to become a better wife, or to prepare for marriage, (regardless of whether you’re single, engaged, dating, or divorced?) Get signed up for my “Brides in Training” class – I’m enrolling now, and it’s for EVERY woman regardless of martial status – for more info, leave a message in the contact section of my website below! :) It’s a fun and interactive class that can be taken in person, via skype, online, or over the phone. Wisdom, fun, and lots of laughs are guaranteed!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Coaching.html

Sex + Marriage = Boring???

5 Feb

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Have you ever heard someone say, “wait until the kids come along…you’ll never have sex, you’ll be too tired to do anything, and it won’t even be that great anymore…”

Wow, that sounds like a lot to look forward to, huh???lol… 🙂

Can I break that stereotype for a minute?

Thanks! 🙂

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But seriously, without getting too graphic, let’s tell the truth for a minute here, and let’s examine what God says about sex within marriage…

1. He said that He created it for marriage.

2. He said that it’s good.

3. He said that the marriage bed cannot be defiled, (or that you can do anything you want once married.)

That to me, sounds like a great deal, (and it is!)  🙂

Don’t let the world tell you lies about married sex!

If you’re tired, it’s probably because you’re up late watching American Idol re-runs or Finding Nemo with the babies instead of putting them to bed early and cuddling up with your spouse…  🙂

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If you’re too busy, it’s time to drop one of the millions of activities that you’ve volunteered to help with, focus on the one or two that matter most to you, and spend that leftover time on a date night with your husband, rekindling the fire that so easily can die if we let life’s busyness draw us apart…

And if you think it’s the kids fault that you’re never getting any alone time, then it’s time to make some friends and swap sitting.  My husband and I go out alone every week by swapping sitting with our friends.  Ex:  I watch your girls on a Tuesday morning for 4 hours, and you watch mine on a Friday night for 4 hours…then repeat the cycle…

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With the kids gone, now; you have time to take that romantic walk on the beach, cuddling and snuggling like you did when you first met…  Now, you’re able to go to the movies and be care-free, not having to worry about missing the best part of the story to go change a diaper…

Yes, our children are a blessing from God, but the word never tells us that “adult time” away from them is wrong!! 🙂

So, the next time someone tells you that married sex is boring, kindly correct them!! 🙂

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If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” my fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

***Want to become a better wife, or to prepare for marriage, (regardless of whether you’re single, engaged, dating, or divorced?)  Get signed up for my “Brides in Training” class – I’m enrolling now, and it’s for EVERY woman regardless of martial status – for more info, leave a message in the contact section of my website below! :)  It’s a fun and interactive class that can be taken in person, via skype, online, or over the phone.  Wisdom, fun, and lots of laughs are guaranteed!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Coaching.html

We are family!! (How it all started!)

28 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe it’s because it’s storming outside and I’m here in my PJ’s eating warm soup and feeling cozy, but I’m in a “family” sort of mood! 🙂

We will probably watch a funny Redbox tonight under some blankets too later on, cuddled together on the couch.  (My husband, a.k.a “Mr. Freeze” will probably also complain that he’s hot!lol…)

So in honor of my “family” sort of mood, I’d like to tell you a little bit about my own little family by sharing our timeline.

July 2005 – I saw my future hubby, (but at the time a stranger,) at a Bible study while I was still in college and home for the summer, and paid him no mind b/c he was in the navy, (so I had all kinds of stereotypes floating through my head!haha…none of them ended up being true for him, though!) 🙂  He also had no interest in me!lol… 😉

August 2006 – A year later, we are re-united at a wedding and sparks flew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2006 – We get engaged.  Big ol’ diamond ring!!lol.. 😉

May 2007 – Married!

February 2010 – Gabriel is born! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2011 – Zoe is born! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s our story…still being written.  🙂  And while some may knock marriage and think “having a family” is cheesy, I’d have to disagree.  Yes; to each his own, but in my opinion, there is nothing better than a loving, Christ-centered, tight-knit family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings!

The book is due out in the Fall of 2012. :)

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or “like” my fan page below. :)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

I’ve lost ten pounds (and still losing) with exercise and an awesome wellness supplement called Visi – read my testimony here and msg. me for more info! http://teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/Bio.html

Mamas been sick, and No More Husband Bashing!

26 Sep

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Just wanted to check in with you guys.  I haven’t been posting as much because I’ve been a bit under the weather, (but praise God that He’s healed me,) but I’m still taking today and tomorrow to rest.  I figured I’d post this blog I’d written last week so that you all would know that I’m still alive.  🙂  OK back to getting well I go!

 

Recently I attended a training that taught us how to lead group discussions among Christian women.

One of the areas that we worked on was when someone in the group continually wants to husband bash.

I’m not saying we can’t confide in friends when we have marriage troubles, because it is healthy to share with a good friend that we trust.

But if we are constantly going around bashing our spouse and talking about how horrible they are, that is not the answer.

 

If you need help, why not get counseling?

If he’s so bad, why not confront the issue instead of going behind his back?

If he’s being mean, why not kill him with kindness?

And if he is abusive, then stop putting up with it – God has called you to more, beautiful woman!

 

But what if he’s a good guy, and you simply had a disagreement?

Instead of husband bashing, love him, be the bigger person, work it out as best you can, and take it to the Lord!

Blessings!

 

The book is due out in the Fall of 2012. :)

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or “like” my fan page below. :)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch my videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

I’ve lost ten pounds (and still losing) with exercise and an awesome wellness supplement called Visi – read my testimony here and msg. me for more info! http://teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/Bio.html

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