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I so enjoy spending time with friends.
There’s always so much to do in New Orleans, but there’s nothing wrong with a good old girls’ night in!
Yesterday, I was able to have breakfast with a friend who was in town for a conference and then wrapped up my day with a game night with my girlfriends.
We had a ball playing Bible Taboo and enjoying a few snacks.
…And a WHOLE lot of JESUS!
Seriously. I received this cup from Consumer Associates to review and it could not have come at a better time. I’ll tell you a little bit more about the cup later on in this post– First things first– UPDATES!!!!
“Light it up. Light it up. Let the world know that JESUS LIVES!…”
Something as simple as a set of balloons brought those lyrics to mind.
I received these glowing LED balloons to review and I really like them. You simply pull a tab to light up the LED bulb and inflate the balloon by mouth or helium tank just as you would with any regular latex balloon.
If you’ve been following my blog for any period of time, you know I’m a big kid at heart. Balloons are one of those simple joys in life. I love how this item takes something that is classic and introduces a new twist and with an energy efficient element that will last for hours at a time.
My husband was the first person to really get me to become a fan of LED products. He’s an engineer and will quickly explain the difference between a standard bulb and an LED bulb… Don’t get him started on television sets. You’re in for a full blown lesson. I’m thankful though, times like these are when I realize how much I’ve benefited from what he’s shared with me as God uses those moments to minister to my heart in a whole new way.
In this instance, me looking at these balloons also made me think back to the first time my husband explained the technology behind an LED TV and how it was better than a standard TV.
Have you ever made the transition from a standard definition television to a High Definition, LED TV? Stay with me here. Do you remember the first time you turned on your new TV and that moment when you saw the screen “light up” and how you could see the difference in the image clarity and overall picture?
That’s how our walk should be with Christ.
We are new creatures… but we are creatures that are constantly evolving. We should be going from GLORY to GLORY in Him.
I may have accepted Christ when I was 12 years old, but there should be a new definition to who I am in 2016. My light should be becoming more efficient. My “model” should be constantly evolving and showing the world what God will do with a surrendered and sincere heart. And when there is an fault with the current model, I should look to the author and finisher of my faith and do the work necessary to correct the error.
Just like these balloons are a new technology or a new evolution of a former thing… so should we be.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God.
Ladies– Have you ever noticed how much better your legs feel after a fresh shave?
Yes, you’ve removed any hairs/stubble, but do you know what you’ve also done?
Did you already know that? COOL! That’s why we’re friends. 😀
Did I lose you? Let me break it down a little bit more:
When you shave, you remove a layer of dead skin.
I know, I’m a nerd, so I’ll try to keep myself from getting too technical.
We shed thousands of skin cells every day; but, without some “extra scrubbing,” these dead cells may stick around until some outside force assists their removal.
Think of those times when you’ve seen your own “ashy” or dry and flaking skin and gone to grab some lotion. The reality is– you should have been doing something to remove this dead skin in advance– like scrubbing with a loofah or sponge or a sugar scrub, but not everyone does that (#shade #noshade #alittleshady #movingon).
Some dermatologists go so far as to even suggest shaving one’s face to obtain a facial glow. I’m not lying (check the link), but I’ll stick to just exfoliating. #ImGood.
Long story short, part of the reason your legs “feel so good” is because you’ve removed all of that dead skin…. It’s enough to make a girl want to shave every day…. butterah, I’m not doing that either, so the Leedgetool is one of my new skincare faves!
You’ve exfoliated, now what?
Time to moisturize!
I love my Oil of Olay in shower lotion, but I can go through it rather quickly, so I also like to have a steady line-up of after shower lotions.
This, Pardon My Pretty Lotion, combines a Super Fruit Blend of antioxidant-strong and fatty acid-rich blueberry, acai, cranberry and goji berry, creating a wholesome treat to boost hydration and improve skin texture and tone.
I love the smell of this lotion and I can be very particular when it comes to my perfumes and lotions. I don’t like any lotion that smells too fruity or that will conflict with my perfumes. Most of all, I despise any lotions that leaves me feeling sticky or that I feel the need to wipe off before getting dressed for the day.
This lotion is lightweight, but very moisturizing and is the perfect way to pamper your skin after you’ve completed a session of exfoliating.
Never shave or exfoliate your legs (or any other area) without then following that activity with the application of a high quality moisturizer. That newly exposed skin is nice and fresh, but it is also more vulnerable to the external environment and needs to be taken care of (Don’t make all of your hard work be short-lived!).
That’s for today’s Fix-It With Fran Skin Care Tips. I’ll be back tomorrow with another update! 😉