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Denim For The Holidays

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I’m a denim girl through and through! Even during the holiday season. Of course there are parties that call for dressing up, and I love that, but for the day-to-day, you can find me in denim all year long. There is something about well-loved denim that is so comforting and always looks cool, casual-chic, and laidback in a classic way. Who else is a denim girl forever and always? Let me know in the comments below!

OUTFIT DETAILS

denim jacket (c/o) | jeans | tee | shoes (similar) | sunnies (similar)

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Inspiration To Pray Big

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We are so excited to have Julia Sadler, author of the book: Pray Big Things, with us today on LSK. Julia has an incredible story to share of faith, trust, endurance, and hope and we just know that her answers to our questions are going to inspire you. Keep reading to learn more!

Q&A With Julia Sadler

*Tell us what inspired you to write Pray Big Things!

I wrote PRAY BIG THINGS after the most challenging and exciting season of my life and marriage. After experiencing three miscarriages in less than a year and praying specifically and consistently, my husband and I conceived our miracle triplets. I ended up going into labor at 22 weeks and was told the babies would be born blind, deaf, with brain bleeds, or not even survive at all. By God’s grace we all survived 49 days of hospital bedrest, 63 days in the NICU, and all were home the night before our 9-year wedding anniversary!

By being open about the losses, infertility, bedrest, and NICU on social media and on the TLC show, Rattled, I was able to connect with so many women and couples struggling to find hope in these hard situations. I had actually contracted to write a different book but knew PRAY BIG THINGS was the one I was meant to write. Even if these aren’t your specific struggles, everyone has a prayer and dream they’d give anything to see fulfilled—and that’s what PRAY BIG THINGS is all about. I challenge readers to take God at His word and see Him work beyond anything they’ve ever imagined.

*We love the title description: The Surprising Life God Has for You When You’re BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK. Can you elaborate on what it means to you to be bold when praying to God?

That’s a great question. I think we are scared to ask God for what we really want. We are worried our requests aren’t holy enough, important enough, or matter enough in the grand scheme of the universe. However, this is completely contrary to Scripture. James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.” It doesn’t get simpler than that!

For whatever reason, many people have bought into the lie that following Christ isn’t exciting when really it’s the most fulfilling and surprisingly life we can lead. I had to be bold in asking God what purpose He had for me as I lay in a bed for 49 days, but He was faithful to give me people to minister to and encourage. Big prayers honor our big God and I think we would be amazed at what God will do when we are bold enough to ask.

PRAY BIG THINGS is not a “name it and claim it” book. I actually put my therapist hat on for a few chapters and talk about what to do when God says “no” and how to process anxiety, anger, grief, when God doesn’t answer our request the way we want. But even when God says “no we can still trust in a loving God Who has a perfect plan He is working out in our lives.

*Why do you think it is more natural for us humans to settle for less when God truly has created us (and wants us) to be bold and live in abundance?

I think settling for less is comfortable. We say we want more, but our actions –or inactions– prove otherwise. A lot of us think we need to let God off the hook. If we don’t ask, then He can’t disappoint us or let us down. “Praying Big” is definitely what I call “2.0” to the high school senior girls I teach in Sunday School. To “Pray Big Things” is the next level in your relationship with God. It’s more than what most people do, but it will get you further than most people ever go.

*How did you muster up the courage to be so vulnerable and open re: your story of infertility and miscarriage? Your vulnerability is such a gift to your readers!

I truly believe my purpose in life is to point people to Christ, and I decided a long time ago to use whatever I have to do that. Romans 1:16 in which the apostle Paul declares his commitment to sharing the gospel is my life verse. When I found out 6.1 million American women struggle with infertility, and I saw so many people of faith and of no faith being encouraged through our openness and story, I knew our experience—as hard as it had been– was a gift from God to use to talk about Jesus. I absolutely love getting messages from people telling me they have renewed hope because of God’s work in our lives! There’s nothing better than that!

*What is the one thing, most of all, that you hope your readers feel and walk away with once reading your book?

I want people to know that God can be trusted and that there is a surprising life awaiting everyone who dares to PRAY BIG THINGS!

Five Things On My Christmas Wishlist

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I shared my gift guide recently of 100 gift ideas for those you love and hope that it has been a good resource for you during this season of gift shopping! Today I am  sharing a quick list of five things on my Christmas wishlist this year. Keep reading to find out what they are…

 

CASUAL-COOL SWEATSHIRT

I love the Anine Bing brand and this sweatshirt would be one I reach for on repeat with denim or sweats

BEAUTIFUL CUTTING BOARDS

These boards would go perfectly in our new kitchen and not to mention, V useful

PERFECT FLEECE PULLOVER

I absolutely love to be cozy in the winter, especially when spending time in Idaho, so this fleece is a must

NEW POTS FOR THE NEW HOUSE

Must-have pots for home-cooked meals now that we are settled in our new home

A VERY PRACTICAL AIR FILTER

Pure air in the home is so important and these are the best filters out there

What are you wishing for this year? Let us know in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Trip Recap

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I Love The Big City

This past week Jase and I went to New York for a work trip for him! He was promoting his new show- In The Room, which aired on E! this past week with an interview with Tom Brady. I am so proud of him!!

Whenever we spend time in NYC, I am so happy. After living there twice, something comes alive in me reminiscing on all the life-giving memories and experiences. We stayed in the coziest hotel, 1 Hotel, and I couldn’t of been more content! Plus we visited some of my favorite restaurants when we were there, including Springbone Kitchen + ABC Kitchen.

Trips With Jase Are The Best

Jase and I love traveling together. My happy place is definitely with him whether at home or away, but traveling together is always so sweet. We had just been in Idaho with our families before going to NYC, so we had two memorable trips back to back. Yay for the holidays! Traveling well together comes naturally to us which I am just so thankful for.

NYC This Time Of Year Is Magical

If you haven’t been to NYC during the Christmas season, definitely add it to your list of things to do! It is truly magical. There are so many bright lights in the big city as it is, but add Christmas decor and the entire city is glistening at all times.

The hustle and bustle of NYC is real, and during the holidays is even busier! But the energy is so special and really puts you in the Christmas spirit. The restaurants feel cozier, the shopping is exciting, and the Rockefeller Center is a must-see.

Brands To Shop This Weekend

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Hey friends-

Hoping everyone had a sweet and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday spent with friends & fam! Once you have some downtime this weekend, after all the eating and fun, take a second and think about gift shopping. 🙂 All of the sales can feel overwhelming, so a good place to start is via my gift guide (100 gift ideas…!) or check out this quick list below for a few of my favorite brands that are hosting special black friday + cyber monday promos.

Special call out to The Citizenry, who have a beautiful philanthropic campaign happening right now. Read more by clicking their links.! And another call out to Nisolo! Use my unique code for 25% off site-wide! LSCRUGGS25. xo

the citizenry | branch basics | primally pure | follain | goop

hobo | nisolo | serena & lily | anthropologie | rag & bone | shopbop

100 Gift Ideas For Those You Love

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Tis’ the season for gift giving and gift guides! Rounding up 100 gifts ideas for those you love in four different categories: for her, for him, for your stocking, and for the the parents of both kiddos and pups! Keep scrolling, click to shop, and keep in mind that all cosmetic beauty/personal items listed are toxin-free! xo

 

FOR HER

1. The Clean Sweep: my 90 day guide to clean living

2. Pour Over Set: a beautiful gift for coffee lovers

3. Branch Basics: the starter kit is the perfect gift for clean cleaning all year

4. Sustainable Carry-on Suitcase:  travel well while helping the environment

5. Primally Pure Spa Kit: there is nothing better than spa night at home

6. Hobo Backpack Purse: the leather bag she’ll always reach for

7. Cuyana Jewelry Case: the perfect way to keep jewelry organized

8. Coyuchi Quilt: give the gift of cozy with this beautiful blanket

9. Everlane Scarf: chic and warm for the cold months

10. Janessa Leone Hat: for the hat-loving women out there

11. Cowboy Boots: something for the fashion-forward woman on your list

12. House Plant: the perfect lively addition to a home in a cute pot

13. Almond Cow: the best way to make nut milk at home

14. Anine Bing Sweatshirt: casual-cool with jeans and sneaks

15. Vitruvi Diffuser: for those who love essential oils

16. Portal for FaceTiming: the best way to FaceTime with loved ones

17. She Reads Truth Bible: a beautiful Bible for all women in your life

18. Revive Essential Oils: my favorite oils right now

19. Larq Water Bottle: the best way to get clean water on-the-go

20. Happily Grey Teapot: a gorgeous teapot for your home

21. Bamboo Cutting Board: looks great and works great, too

22. Grounding Mat: for sleeping or standing

23. Oura Ring: a ring that is good for your health

24. Monogrammed Catchall: a great way to organize the little things

25. Toxin-Free Skillet: for the one on your list who loves to cook

FOR HIM

1. Dopp Kit: a way to keep his personal items organized at home or away

2. Mugs: for the coffee or tea drinking guy

3. Belt: something he will wear every day

4. Travel Pouch: for small items when traveling or at home

5. Sweatpants: the best clothing item for lounging

6. Noise-Cancelling Headphones: made for those long plane rides

7. Air Pods Case: make that little white case a little cooler

8. Organic Weighted Blanket: a great gift for deep sleep

9. Sweatshirt: something to keep him cozy and comfortable

10. Leather Coasters: a very cool addition to the home for entertaining

11. Coffee Table Book: something interesting to keep on the table

12. Backpack: a good gift for guys on the go

13. Nike Sneakers: comfortable and cool sneaks he will always want to wear

14. Yoga Mat: for the yogi guys

15. Cozy Tee: a wardrobe basic he’ll wear on repeat

16. Staple White Tee: simply a must-have

17. Leather Journal: makes the best prayer journal

18. Laptop Case: a great way to keep his laptop protected

19. Weekend Bag: for travelers who need a go-to weekender

20. Grill Pan: the best gift for grill-master guys

21. House Plant: bring a little green into his office or favorite room in the house

22. Sunglasses: a must-have accessory for him

23. Golf Club: for the golf-loving guys

24. Golf Shoes: great pair of shoes to wear on the green

25. An Experience He’ll Love: whether it’s two tickets to a concert, a basketball game, a football game, a day of golfing with his friends… the list goes on!

FOR THE STOCKING

1. Rebekah Lyons Book: a must-read book to learn how to be truly refreshed and renewed

2. Dr. Cole’s Book: all about anti-inflammatory foods that will be good for your gut

3. Puracy Toiletry Travel Set: a must-have for travel

4. Follain Soap: my favorite soap

5. Essentiel Lotion: give the gift of moisturized skin

6. Stranded Dry Shampoo: my dry shampoo powder for all hair colors

7. Mosquito Repellent: so important and love this brand

8. Frother: hello, best lattes at home

9. Pique Matcha Tea: ceremonial grade matcha that I just love

10. New Morning Mercies Devotional: a must-read for daily doses of faith

11. Napkin Rings: the perfect gift for the host and hostess

12. Phone Case: a must-have for daily living

13. Painted Notebook: to keep all of your dreams and ideas

14. Bottle Opener: the perfect tool for a bar cart

15. Library of Herbs: a great gift for at-home chefs and gardeners

16. East by West Cookbook: written for those who love to be in the kitchen

17. Ceramic Sponge Holder: a useful and

18. Cozy Socks: because everyone loves a new pair of favorite socks

19. Henua Moisturizer: a product your skin will be so thankful for

20. Cutest Ornament: for the Christmas decor lovers

21. Linen Bowl Covers: my absolute favorite for storing leftovers

22. Luggage Tag: for the travelers and wanderlust seekers

23. Ilia Lipstick: my favorite lipstick right now

24. Silk Sleep Mask: for the best sleep of your life

25. Christmas Puzzle: a fun and festive game for the fam

FOR KIDDOS & PUPS

(& their parents)

 

1. Farmer’s Market Tote: the cutest play set for kids

2. Collar & Leash: calling all furry friends!

3. Elephant Dog Toy: an elephant toy your fur babe will love

4. Travel Dog Bowl: for the dogs on the go

5. Baby Hair Kit: perfect little set for new parents

6. Stroller Set: keep the stroller cozy this winter

7. Organic Crib Sheet: because organic sheets are so important

8. Cozy Robe for Mom: stay cozy mornings and night, mom…

9. Cozy Robe for Dad: …and you too, dad!

10. Organic Baby Blanket: for the sweet snuggle times

11. Organic Baby Snuggle Sack: keep your sweet babe cozy at night

12. Organic Cotton Burp Cloths: perfect cloths to use post-feeding

13. Organic Changing Pad: changing on an organic surface is a must

14. Organic Changing Pad Cover: a cover makes the messes no biggie

15. Organic Crib Mattress: help your baby’s sleep be sweet, safe, and sound

16. Primally Pure Baby Kit: a few of the essentials

17. Travel Magnet Set: a perfect toy to take in the car, on a flight, or out to eat

18. Alphabet Set: help your babe learn A-Z

19. Sleepy Moon Pillow: perfection addition to the crib

20. Organic Baby Jumpsuit: because babies in jumpsuits are the cutest

21. Kid Shopping Cart: a fun way for he or she to grocery shop

22. Feelings Book: a sweet book for the heart

23. Organic Dress: a cute choice for your little girl

24. Top Knots: the coolest type of headband around

25. Organic Teething Bib: for that teething stage

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And that’s a wrap! Happy shopping, friends. xo.

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