Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent

'Tis the season, y'all. I realize that the Christmas season always has each one of us kick it into high gear. We rush and fuss and stress and laugh and love and wrap and give and share and rest. However, it's a special time to remember what our lives and this season is all about. 

I just wanted to share a few Advent devotions and studies available. I'll be doing some of them now and others I hope to do in coming years. 

Also, I should have posted this sooner. Like yesterday. I know. Just start here and catch up!


The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. I started this last year and didn't stick with it. Trying again. You can purchase the book here.

SheReadsTruth reading plan! Get it in the app or join for free at shereadstruth.com!


Join in with Heather Boersma in the Facebook group for this study! Purchase the ebook, join the group, and enjoy daily videos to accompany the study!

Besides the three listed above that I'm trying to delve in to this season, check out some other options below! I hope to get to do all of these over the years to come! 

Ann Voskamp has a blog you can follow and a new Advent book!
Louie Giglio has an Advent book - Waiting Here for You.
Visit the Naptime Diaries Shop for their Advent calendar and devotion.
Emily Ley has an Advent Random Acts of Kindness Calendar (and it's on sale)!
Join the ladies of A Beautiful Mess and make your own Advent calendar!

No matter how you join in, just do. Choose one. Start anywhere. Let's meet with God and hear His heart for our Christmas season. Let's be still and rejoice in the greatest Gift of all.

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird


Friday, November 7, 2014

Confessional Friday!

Hello, sweet friends! It's been a while since I confessed, so here I am...linking up with my favorite Southern, blonde mama, Leslie!



1.  I confess that I am SO GLAD it's Friday!!!!! The last few weeks have just been crazy busy and all off the pages of my planner. I need this weekend to try and catch up on life a little. 

2.  I confess that I'm working on several blog posts that I'm eager to share!

3.  I confess that I know I married the right guy when after all these years, he knows how much I love and enjoy Southern Weddings magazine!
V7 is a gorgeous issue! I'm so thankful for the heart behind these pages!!!!!!! Lara Casey, whom I adore, and her staff of incredibly talented, precious-hearts have done it again. Run, don't walk, friends. FOR. REAL.

4.  I confess that since seeing The Other Woman, every time I say "for real", I hear it in Leslie Mann's voice in the movie.  #favorite

5.  I confess that this girl and I have found a beautiful friendship! We went to college together and have worked at the same office since then, but we're just now finding out how well we mesh! Hashtag blessed!  :)
She blogs here! Be sure to follow so you can keep up with Jack, the cutest boy ever.

6.  I confess that I haven't listened to anything else since I got 1989 by my girl, TSwift. I used to listen to the morning radio banter on my favorite station, but now, I can't leave these jams. Totally rocking my heart. 
Also, I sat down in the floor in Target to take this picture. Pretty sure my friends would have been embarrassed...except they expect such antics from yours truly.

7.  I confess that I'm SO EXCITED for Mockingjay Part I, y'all. Like. ECSTATIC. Already got my ticket!

Happy weekend, friends.
LOVE,
Jessica
@jesstinybird


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Layering for Autumn {With ModCloth}


Y'all know, if you've been reading for any time at all, that I love the summer. I've always loved the summer. However, the older I get, and the less pool-in-the-summer time I get, the more I'm growing to love and enjoy the fall!

The fall weather rocks my world. In Mississippi, we can use the heater and the a/c in the same day, so dressing in layers is a necessity. Cardigans are my go-to for the office since I can layer them over dresses or tops. ModCloth has an amazing cardigan selection here!

I pieced the outfit below together on Polyvore! The tank, blouse, cardigan, and coat are all from ModCloth!

I chose these pieces because my latest obsession is mixing blacks and browns! Also, I chose a pair of boots and a pair of booties to show that the outfit can be as causal and comfy or as chic and dressy as you want it to be!

(Shop this set below!)
fall in love with autumn layering


What's your favorite way to dress for fall? Tell me in the comments, or let's connect on social media! I'm @jesstinybird everywhere.

Love,
Jessica


Long top
modcloth.com


Long black tunic
modcloth.com


Black sleeveless shirt
modcloth.com


Steve Madden tan coat
modcloth.com


Paige denim skinny jeans
$265 - julesb.co.uk


Steve Madden brown low heel boots
$145 - johnlewis.com



Givenchy 100 leather handbag
$2,795 - brownsfashion.com


Kate Spade hinged bangle
piperlime.gap.com





Warehouse black wide brim hat
$40 - warehouse.co.uk


Henri Bendel tech accessory
henribendel.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Currently Link-Up {November}



Happy November, friends! I'm super excited to be linking up with Jenna and Anne again to tell you what's happening in my life lately. 


Currently reading... Reached, the third and final book in the Matched trilogy. I feel like I've been reading it forever. I just haven't made time to finish it! So many books on my nightstand and to-read list. (And by "so many", I mean the entire Harry Potter series and then some!)



Currently wishlisting... All the cups and mugs in Starbucks Dot Collection. I pinned so many yesterday. Seriously. I want them all. 

I'm always working on a wishlist, so I'm either pinning or saving things on Amazon! With Christmas coming up, I'm wishlisting lots for myself and the people in my life!!!!



Currently loving... The fall. The people in my life. Sweaters and cozy blankets. Hot chocolate. The leaves changing colors. Singing the new Taylor Swift album at the top of my lungs.



Currently appreciating... The reconciled friendship in my life. Working on a post now.  :)


Currently creating... I'm working on several blog posts, both for MTM and Mississippi Women Bloggers! Super happy to be sharing words on words on words. 

How's your November? Tell me in the comments, or join the link-up!!!!
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird




Saturday, November 1, 2014

November tidbits.

Loving the new TSwift album. Like LOVE love. Pretty sure the reason Taylor and I aren't real friends yet is because the world isn't ready for ALL THE FEELINGS to collide. 

I still really want to seeThe Best of Me. 

Snaps from my weekend:
Cheeseball I made from Pinterest for the work party!

Ghoulish punch at the work Halloween lunch!


Still not over our new work location! It has been 6 months, and I'm smitten with being right downtown. 

Cute husband being a good sport for our front yard photoshoot!
The many faces of yours truly: grumpy, silly, smiley. 

$0.50 corn dogs at Sonic are one of my favorite things about Halloween!

The rest of the weekend looked a lot like this:

ALL THE WARM BEVERAGES!!!

Our friends' newest addition, Red:


Working on some posts I'm excited about, so stay tuned. 

How are you? 


Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let's play a game of catch...up!

Y’all, October has flown by. I know I start every.single.blog.post. that way, but it’s true! The year is nearly over, and I feel like a chicken (or tiny bird) running around with my head cut off.

I haven’t posted in a while. Too long. I miss you. I just get overwhelmed and feel like I don’t have anything to say or I have too much to say, so I just keep quiet. I feel like I can't keep up reading or writing blogs. I get overwhelmed by all the GOOD networking happening online. Here's me telling you - I may not see every thing you ever post, but I'm watching/reading/receptive/thankful and so on.

A month ago, I got to meet three new blogger friends in real life! (They aren’t new bloggers…just new in-person friends!) We’re trying to really launch Mississippi Women Bloggers, but it seems like ladies aren’t sure about it. We spent a few hours eating a delicious brunch and brainstorming ideas. I’m hopeful to see this platform reach its potential!





(With Heather, Jenn, and Meg!)


I'm hopeful to try to find my groove and jump right back into blogging. I love writing. I love sharing. I love connecting. I just have to find my momentum again and DO IT. No worries. No fears. Just full-on heart-spilling, laugh-provoking honest blogging. The time is now.

LOVE,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

P.S. If you're a lady blogger in Mississippi, and you haven't already joined MSWB, what are you waiting for?! Big things coming!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Currently {October} Link-Up!


October is here! I'm so happy for the real feel of autumn to arrive (and hopefully stay). 

I'm eager for this month and the new start it brings. I'm hoping to blog more consistently, but I'm giving myself grace - not an excuse not to blog, but an understanding that when I don't, it's ok. 

This time last year, I joined with thousands of others for the Nester's 31 days of blogging. This year, I just couldn't bring myself to commit. 

I also want to blog my October goals a la The Tiny Twig, but we'll wait and see if I prioritize that!  :)

I am linking up now with Jenna (www. dearest-love.com) and Anne (www.anneinresidence.com) to tell you what's going on currently in my life!


I woke up smelling the taco soup I made in the Crockpot. I never cook. I especially never cook overnight. It's just...I couldn't stand the thought of a Lean Cuisine this week. Hahahha. I need something hearty and warm. 



I'm currently loving....FALL! Being able to breathe out my nose after a week of some of the worst allergies ever. Spending as much time as I can with my sister. All the fall shows returning to tv. Anticipating Mockingjay Part 1!



Currently planning...my evening, the rest of my week, and my Walmart list. 



Currently baking...I bought some cookies to bake last night! Oatmeal raisin walnut. That will take place soon!



Currently celebrating....birthdays and baby showers! Oh, AND FALL!


Lots of love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird