When Life Gets Crazy and Then Blogging Begins Again

Truth is, life gets crazy. We all know this. When life gets crazy, sometimes we have to take a step back. Unfortunately life got really crazy for me in March. Between filing businesses taxes for the first time, completing multiple assessments for my 9 to 5, and the onset of my son’s track season (to name only a few of the additions to an already packed schedule), little time was left for focusing on my blog or building my boutique.

Time began to pass (way too quickly I might add) and before I knew it, months had gone by without a single blog post and with very few new items being listed for sale at Lydia & Lilac. Good intentions went by the wayside and I contemplated bringing an end to my boutique all together.

But all through this I was reminded, I am human. It’s unrealistic to compare myself with the images and success stories bombarding me on social media. Although some do literally find success over night, the truth is that there are more of us out there who it will take time and consistency to build a following, to reach our niche, and to make a difference in the lives of others.

It has been my desire throughout this process to just be real, to be open about my journey with my blog, my business, and my life. Sometimes there are more important things going on than my blog or my boutique.

I don’t know where the future of my blog or boutique is headed, which I know all the experts would tell me is exactly why my blog “hasn’t blown up over night.” When I started my blog and boutique I didn’t think I would make a ton of money or be able to quit my 9 to 5 or anything like that. I wanted to sell beautiful modest clothing, minister to women’s hearts, and have a creative outlet.

So for those of you who read everything I publish, stick with me. I’m still hanging around for a while and although I strive for consistency, know there are times I may be silent, because life does get crazy sometimes. For those of you who stumbled upon my blog or lydiaandlilac.com, I hope you find something that blesses your heart and that you’ll come back again and again. For those of you who read once and won’t return, thanks for giving me a chance, I truly appreciate it.

Whether I reach none, one, or a million, I have found a place of contentment. A place where I will share my heart, my passion, my love of family, my relationship with God, and whatever else may be laid on my heart with anyone who takes a moment to read. I hope that somewhere along the road, that someone’s life is touched through Lydia & Lilac and A Lovely Little Life.

It’s good to be back!

Win a $10 Gift Certificate to Lydia and Lilac!

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Special Occasion? Have We Got the Dress for You!

Spring is on its way, which means wedding season, Easter, and Mother’s Day are fast approaching! Many of us are looking for something beautiful and fresh to add to our wardrobe as the weather begins to warm.

I personally have been looking for a lace dress to add to our boutique collection for quite some time. When I came across Victoria, I knew this dress was perfect!

It is one of those dresses that you could wear on Easter Sunday, to a tea, a bridal shower, or even to a wedding, making it an ideal piece to add to your wardrobe this season.

We love the simple beauty of this dress, as it reminds of of times gown by and has a hint of southern charm.

The knee length, scoop neck, and wrist length sleeves on Victoria give this dress a romantic touch. The loose fit allows the dress to slightly sway when touched with a gentle spring breeze.

Currently available in Teal in both S/M and M/L. Find Victoria here!

If your just joining us, and want to know more about our brand, please check out our post here!

Presidents Day Sale!

We are excited to announce our Presidents Day Sale! Take 20% off all of our dresses with code PRESDAY20. Just apply at checkout!

This is the lowest our dresses have ever been priced! We are making room for new inventory for spring!

This includes all dresses in our Dress Collection, Curvy Collection, and our bYOUtique Collection!

Shop now, because this sale only runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

Love Loyalty Programs?

Do you love loyalty programs? I do! I really love being rewarded for shopping at places I enjoy. Loyalty programs at your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, and stores are there way of saying, Thanks for being our customer, we really appreciate you!

We want our customers at Lydia & Lilac to know how much we appreciate them too! We now have a loyalty program!

It is really easy to sign up and only takes a few minutes. Plus, just by signing up you will get points! You can earn points for all sorts of things other than shopping like completing your profile, liking or sharing us on Facebook or Twitter, Referring a friend, and having a birthday!

Signing up also gives your exclusive access to different promotions throughout the year via email!

Find full details here.

Join our loyalty program and start earning today!!!

Ways We’re focusing on the Health of Our Marriage in 2018

You may have read my blog post on my theme for 2018. If you haven’t, you can read it here! This year, I’m focusing on healthy living. This goes beyond just physical health (although there is a place for this and I will have a blog post on this topic later) and reaches into spiritual and emotional health, finances, and relationships.

Each month I am focusing on one area and sharing what we are doing with you (you can read about our January topic here). Originally I was going to focus on physical health this month, but with our wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to cover marriage instead.

My husband is one of my most treasured gifts here on this earth. I am so thankful that I get to experience life with him and raise our precious boys with him.

I grew up in a loving home with a beautiful example of marriage. There was never a doubt in my mind growing up that I wanted to be married some day. I never dreamt that at 12 I had already met my future husband! We of course did not get married until much later, but more about our story another time.

Today we are looking at some things that can contribute to the health of marriage. We won’t be delving in very deep on this post. However, in the future I would really like to take a closer look at the topic of marriage. I am just giving a brief overview of things Jerry and I will be working on throughout the year.

Spending time in God’s Word separately…and together

Spending time in the Word of God is essential to marriage. The only way to know how to love unconditionally, is to see the example set forth for us by Christ.

Trust me on this, there have been many times that Jerry and I thought we knew what unconditional love was, but were very much loving conditionally. Unfortunately this caused heartache, it it also taught us that in order to protect our marriage and keep it healthy we have got to be in the Word. If not, we are susceptible to the lies of this world.

We have to remember to be in scripture, not just individually, but also together. This can be challenging with busy schedules and although I would love to say that we do this every day, that would not be true. Right now we plan to set aside a time to do this weekly.

In the past, we have done different studies together that are marriage centered. This has always brought us closer together and we can both say that we thoroughly enjoyed them. We just need to get better about committing to time in the Word together.

I love that I get to share what God is teaching me with my best friend and I love that we are able to encourage each other!

This quote is beautiful! Yes, a happy marriage is a wonderful thing, but if you are both focused on having a holy marriage, joy takes residence deep in your soul and everything else seems to fall into place. No matter the circumstances that surround you, seeking a godly marriage gives you joy, peace, and strength that we could never get from seeking happiness alone.

Spending time in prayer separately…and together

Just as important as being in the Word is fostering our relationship with God through prayer. Prayer brings peace, encouragement, strength, and healing. Prayer gives us direct access to our Creator and it is through prayer that we commune and fellowship with Him.

There is nothing better than coming together with your spouse in prayer. One of my absolute favorite things is praying with my husband.

When we pray together, I feel security and peace like no other. Scripture even states that God is in our midst when two or more are gathered together in prayer (Matthew 18:20). How beautiful!

Spending time doing things together

Jerry and I love to be outdoors! We love hiking, going for bike rides, spending days at the beach, and kayaking. We also love simple things like getting coffee or going to the bookstore together.

The truth is that we did a fantastic job of setting aside time to do these together in 2016, but in 2017 we were so busy that we didn’t make this the priority that we should have.

We are committing to set aside time to do these things we enjoy together in 2018.

Spending time with our boys

As I said before, we love being outdoors. We also love to take our boys along with us on our adventures! It is important to not just set aside time to do things together as husband and wife, but also as a family. You see out of this beautiful love story of ours, we were given even more to love, our 3 precious boys!

There are seasons in life and there will be a day where it is just the two of us, but right now we are in the season of parenting children. This means that although we do get a little time to ourselves on occasion, most of our time is spent together as a family unit, which is just as God intended!

It is during these moments that we teach our sons about marriage, that we model a godly marriage for them. It is during these times that our boys learn about being a husband and father. It is during the time that we spend together that the greatest life lessons are learned.

Chapped Lips This Winter? 5 Tips to Beat the Cold

I’m not a huge fan of winter, it’s true, but I do enjoy some of the benefits of the season. On the top of my list is great hair! The dry air keeps the frizz at bay and I love that! I also love the clear night sky. There is nothing more beautiful then looking up on a crisp winter night and being able to see every star. Plus I’m able to wear my boots and scarves for a little while, which is rare in Florida.

Even though I love these things, truth is that I really don’t like being cold. One of the things that bothers me most due to cold weather is dry lips, so I’ve put together a list of things that help me get through the winter months.

Lip scrub

I just love sugar lip scrubs, my favorite one is a sugar lip scrub from Basin. Lips scrubs are a great way to remove the dry skin from you lips and moisturize, leaving your lips incredibly soft!

Lip treatment

I recently tried a fantastic lip treatment from Dermalogica. This treatment is meant to wear over night and provides intensive moisture to your lips. As soon as I put this treatment on, I can feel it working because it makes my lips tingle. This treatment is good for fine lines around your mouth and it also plumps lips.

Drink lots of water

If you could only do one things for your lips, it is drinking plenty of water. In fact, the first sign that you are not getting enough water is dry lips. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 64 ounces a day. Don’t like water? Try adding a slice of lemon, lime, or some mint to enhance the taste. Try this water bottle to take fruit infused water on the go!

Lip balm

My favorite new lip balm is one created by a teenage entrepreneur. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Honestly Margo, you should! She has some adorable products. I also love Rosebud Salve and just can’t go wrong with this classic!

Avoid licking your lips

This one is difficult, but it is a must if you want to keep your lips moist! Licking, or even biting, your lips can actually cause them to dry out more, so if they feel dry reach for that lip balm!

Like this post? Check out our post on Tips for Clear Skin next!

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