• Devotionals,  Family,  Lifestyle

    Marriage Honesty

    Marriage Honesty [Editor’s Note: I had the awesome opportunity to do a Q&A with Molly Reed of the husband/wife music duo Grayson|Reed. They are honest in their songs and have a strong marriage message that I love. Here is some backstory on Grayson|Reed before we dive into the interview… Mike and Molly met their first week of college as entering freshman at Nashville’s Belmont University. Over the next 10 years, the aspiring artists floated in and out of one another’s social circles, gradually building a unique friendship that eventually became a strong relational foundation when they started dating in 2012. The following year, they said “I do,” and two years later, they…

  • Devotionals,  Lifestyle

    Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    Galentine’s Gift Ideas Hey Divas. Have you heard of Galentine’s Day? It falls on February 13th, and it is a holiday to celebrate your female friendships! If you google it, you’re going to probably see a lot of information about the episode of Parks & Recreation called “Galentine’s Day.” I won’t lie. This is where I heard about it. If you’ll recall, Parks and Recreation was also the inspiration for the Devotional Diva tagline “Devote Yourself!” (From the famous “Treat Yo’ Self” episode.) I wanted to inspire you to celebrate sisterhood this Valentine’s season, so I’ve put together a cute little gift guide. These are all products I use and can…

  • Devotionals,  Lifestyle

    How I Plan + Blog Planning

    How I Plan + Blog Planning Tips In today’s lifestyle post, I thought I’d share my current planner set-up with you and some blog planning tips. I thought it might be interesting, since I know there are quite a few planner enthusiasts out there!   I’m currently using an A5 Aqua Patent Domino Filofax and Month on 2 Pages inserts from the Etsy shop DearPlanner. In February, I will be using stickers from the Etsy shop MareBareCrafts — these little dewdrops are a lot smaller than the Martha Stewart comparables but are very similar and actually removable, too. My system for blog planning is fairly streamlined at this point. I have to…

  • Devotional Diva
    Lifestyle

    5 Fresh Fall Resolutions

    5 Fresh Fall Resolutions To me, September means fall. Even though it doesn’t always feel like fall immediately! I’m not in school anymore, but fall represents a fresh start for me still. So today, I’m posting five fall resolutions that I’m attempting to enact this fall. 1.Put more effort into my outfits I have really gotten stuck in a rut with my daily outfit inspiration. I’m finding that I’m wearing the same things over and over again out of laziness and boredom. There’s no fun in that. This fall, I want to try to put more effort into what I’m wearing and have more fun with it! 2. Take my…

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    Lifestyle

    Inspiration Lately

    Hey Divas, Devotional Diva’s mission is all about inspiring women and spurring them forward, so I thought I’d share what has been inspiring me lately! I hope this can be an encouragement to you today, wherever you are! While perusing Instagram, I stumbled upon this blog post (link) by Erica Jacobs of What’s Eating Erica Jacobs. I don’t go through “High-Functioning Low-Level Panic” like Erica does, but reading her story was definitely something I could relate to. A great, inspiring read! Ferragusto fireworks! The photo above was taken from the comfort of my own li’l bed as I watched Italian Ferragusto fireworks. Ferragusto celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary…

  • Lifestyle

    Churches Around the World: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

    Continuing my Churches Around the World Series (why not, right? I end up visiting a church everywhere I go!), today we’re taking a took at the Eglise Saint-Michel church in Villefranche-sur-Mer. During a stroll with my husband and son, we met a kind lady from Manhattan who offered to take our family picture by this beautiful tree. She and her husband regularly vacationed in Villefranche. After chatting for a bit, she said that she wanted to stop into the church and see if there was anything new going on. She offered to show us around, although it’s a fairly small church. Apparently there used to be a lot more woodcarvings and things…

  • Lifestyle

    German & French Food Highlights

    As I was going through all of my photos from my trips to France and Germany, I noticed I took a lot of photos of what I ate. Like, way too many too include them in the original Devotional Diva posts that I did about the trips. So, I decided to save them and do a post to include my favorite food photos! Hopefully this is at least interesting for all of the foodie Divas.  

  • Devotionals,  Lifestyle

    Berlin, Germany #DivaTravel

    I’m back with more German adventures! Today I’m sharing our day trip to Berlin. We spent a lot of time walking along a path learning about the Berlin wall and seeing where it was, until we ended up at the memorial and the Chapel of Reconciliation. It was a cool experience. We also stopped at a large grassy area with lots of grafiti where Oliver ran around and played. He loved it! We also walked around Museum Island later in the day!

  • Lifestyle

    The Stages of Post-Vacation Grief

    The Stages of Post-Vacation Grief I was inspired to write this silly little thing after returning home from my vacation to Germany. This seems to be what I go through during Post-Vacation Grief (totally a real thing) and I thought it would be fun to share since I’ve been traveling so much. Without further ado, my stages of Post-Vacation Grief… Excitement: As I’m in the car headed home, the baby is totally passed out. I’m really tired but really excited to get back to my life. Ah yay, my own home! I have so many ideas for Devotional Diva! I have so many ideas for the house! I’ll reorganize my…