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Facts & Favorites / Vol. 3

I have loved starting this little series. It is so fun to just touch base in the middle of the week with you all and let you into a little bit more about me and what I am loving right now. So here we go again...

FACTS

1. My absolute favorite afternoon would go something like this...I would have nothing pressing to do, so I would wander into a coffee shop. I would buy a gorgeous latte and sip on it in a corner booth or small table and read a great book. I would get to escape from reality and enjoy rocking coffee. The only thing that could top it off would be a light rain outside, and my husband sitting across from me. 

2. I have started baking bread. The homemade, old fashioned kind. And I am loving it!!! When I say I am baking bread, what I mean is, I am baking anywhere from 12-15 loaves of bread a week right now. Currently all I am making is sourdough bread...but I will let you in on a little secret...I am playing with challah, brioche, and other doughs, as well as cinnamon rolls. I have only been selling them to local folks around here in Starkville so far. BUT because so many have asked, I am now offering to ship loaves of bread!!! $5 a loaf plus shipping (I will quote you shipping costs based on your location). You can place an order by emailing me at rach.elizabeth.915@gmail.com with how many loaves you would like, your mailing address, and Paypal address! 

3. I got promoted at work to Assistant Manager! Whoop! This came with a pay raise (the first raise I have ever had) and more responsibilities. I am loving my job and so thankful for the ways the Lord is providing so richly in this new season of working part time! 

FAVORITES

1. Young Living Essential Oils! - I have ordered my starter kit and cannot wait to learn more about using these natural medicinal oils! I have tried samples of several oils and love them. I am eagerly anticipating my kit coming in the mail! YAY!

2. This post by my sweet blog friend Brittany could not have come at a better time. It is so important to stop and remember to care for ourselves and not run ourselves ragged. This is a must read on 15 ways to practice self care! I already have set aside time for several of these things on the list! 

3. LL Bean Boots and Camping Socks. Enough said...I want to go camping with my hubs, and I really want both of these to be on my feet when I go. Too bad they are a tad bit pricey...operation save all my pennies has begun.

What are some of your favorite things right now? 

It's My (Blog) Birthday! 2!!!

It is Oh Simple Thoughts' SECOND BIRTHDAY you guys! How crazy is that?! I started this blog as a place to keep family and friends updated on mine and Ben's engagement/marriage, and over these past two years it has changed into a creative outlet and inspiring hobby for me. I never dreamed I would invest so much time and engery into this website but I seriously would not change a thing. I am so thankful for not only this space, but for the tool it has been to meet some dear friends, and to share Jesus' name with others.

Today, as a way for my to reminisce and celebrate I wanted to share some of my favorite moments at Oh, Simple Thoughts. And to keep up with the theme of 2, it will all be in pairs. 

TWO FAVORITE POSTS- 

Our Love Story

Why We Saved our First Kiss for our Wedding Day

TWO MOST VIEWED POSTS- 

52 Almost Free Date Nights

Life Lately

TWO TUTORIALS-

Anthro Inspired Snow Globes

Pom Pom Garland

TWO FAVORITE RECIPES- 

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tomato Marinated Chicken and Barley Corn Salad

TWO PERSONAL POSTS-

The Hardest Post I May Ever Write

Joy vs. Shame

TWO MOST POPULAR GUEST POSTS-

HTML Basics for Bloggers

Simplifying - The What, Why and How

TWO LESSONS LEARNED- 

1. I think one of the biggest things I have learned is this is a creative outlet, and is a way for me to explore my gifts, passions, and thoughts in a unique way...it is not something that should consume me, or something I should look to in order to define me by how many pageviews, followers, or unique visitors I have each month...it is to share my passions. This is a place to inspire others to be Godly women by using their gifts.

2. Reach out. Always ask questions, and step out in faith. I found that 9 times out of ten when I asked a blogger a question about coding or sponsorships they almost never ignored me, and almost always helped me with my question. I have had great success and encouragement from just simply being willing to reach out to others and not be prideful in my ignorance or uncertainty. 

TWO GOALS FOR YEAR 3- 

1. I want to further develop my mission statement. Not only for the sake of my content and my readers but for myself, so that I am able to stay focused on my goals and directions as a blogger, and remember why I am here. 

2. Host another Renew Retreat that is even bigger than this years. I am beyond excited about the retreat coming up in October. I hope to see this become an annual thing, and a great network and community of godly women to join us in this in the years ahead!

And because what is a birthday without some goodies! Here is one awesome birthday giveaway for you all. One year subscription to the lovely printable library of Elle & Co. Design (if you want to learn more check out my

previous post

), motivational coffee mug, and a retro camper headband!

A big thanks to all these lovely ladies for celebrating my blog's birthday and helping to make this giveaway possible! Make sure and give them some love!