Friday, June 12, 2015

Happy Birthday PLUS a Giveaway

June has always been one of my favorite months.  It was the month that school ended (until college). It is the month that summer begins.  Full of long days, lemonade, family time, ball games, cook-outs and summer camp.  Plus June always starts with my birthday (as in June 1st).

And if that wasn't reason enough to celebrate I have another reason to share with you... This month marks my one year anniversary (or Jam-iversary) as an Independent Consultant with Jamberry!  Hard to believe it's been a year already! A lot of prayer went into the decision to start with Jamberry, and I'm happy to say that I believe I'm right where God wants me to be. 

I've had the opportunity to meet some great people, pay for extra expenses like Christmas and Birthdays, slow down my nail biting habit (that is actually gone as long as I'm wearing the wraps) and discover my small but still existent creative side by designing my own wraps!  Plus, I got to have fun nails and feel pretty and help others do the same! ;-) (You can check out more of my Jam story on my Jamberry page above.)

So in the name of celebrations, I have a present for one of you!! I am giving away 2 half-sheets of nail wraps! Each sheet will provide a full mani and a full pedi! One is perfect for the Fourth of July and the other is just fun for anytime and kind of reminds me of the pool! :-)


There are 5 possible ways you can enter:
1- This website (comment at the bottom of this post, please include your name in your comment)
2- Facebook (Like my facebook page facebook.com/alysontamerjams AND comment on the picture that I post about this giveaway.
3- Pinterest -Repin the pic about the giveaway-(pinterest.com/alywtamer/)
4- Instagram- Like and comment on the picture of the giveaway (instagram.com/alywtamer/)
5- Twitter Retweet my tweet about it (twitter.com/alywtamer)

So if you do all five you get 5 entries into the drawing!! Your comment doesn't have to be elaborate, a simple- "Mine!" or "Pick Me!" will do! ;-)

The contest runs from now through Friday June 19 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced by Monday, June 22 at noon.

I look forward to celebrating with all of you and to reading your comments! If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email: coveredlifeblog@gmail.com -though that won't count as an entry. ;-)

Happy Day (as my son says) and good luck!



Love in Christ, 

Alyson

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Why We Need Some "Me Time" Everyday

So throughout my life, I have come to an understanding that when God places the same idea, scripture, topic in front of my face multiple times from completely different sources, He wants me to pay attention!  It can be something said in Sunday School or discipleship groups, or from the sermon, a blog post, or in my quiet time...either way, I usually hear or see it several times.  The funny thing about this particular topic, is that I had already received the message and decided to share with you all here, when I heard the idea again this morning in my Make Over Your Mornings course (that I mentioned in my last post from Money Saving Mom).

Before I share it with you, I'd like to confess something about myself... I didn't realize how selfish I was, until I had a son.  Sure there was an adjustment when I got married.  But as I mentioned in this post, I had such a desire to be a "good wife" I went a bit overboard with my expectations.  But when I became a mom, I had absolute complete love for my little one.  I didn't actually mind getting up and feeding him and changing his diaper... as long as his daddy woke up, too! And through the past couple of years I have unfortunately made my frustrations known when I've been interrupted while trying to just take some time for me. 

But I fully believe that we do need to take some time for us every day. See, what has been showing up in front of my face over and over for the past few days is that I need to refuel, recharge, renew etc.  The unfortunate thing, is there is this idea that to take time for yourself makes you selfish.  In some instances, like the lady who left her 9 year old home alone for a weekend so she could go to the beach with her boyfriend- that is absolutely the case! Or when I am playing a game, or looking at social media and feel inconvenienced when my husband or son are interrupting me... yep- selfish. 

But in day to day life, we NEED to take some time for us.  So let's further clarify this "me time"... those small moments of time for you whether it's early in the morning before the kids wake up, or at night after they've gone to bed, or during nap time, or during your lunch break while you are at work (pick me), we need to make the most of them.  The first priority for me in those times is checking Facebook- NO it's not! If I do, then it sucks all the time away... so no, the first priority for me in those moments is time spent with God. A devotion, a Bible study, reading through the Bible- whatever-- it's digging into God's word, and spending some time in prayer.  How can I possibly be the godly wife and mother that God has called me to be, if I am not first filling myself up with Him?  How can I serve in ministry at my church, or volunteer, or be an example to others, unless I take time to recharge and refuel with God and his word?  

In the past, I have mistakenly let this time slip and in so doing, I end up trying to give and serve and find myself worn out and coasting on fumes.  Cars won't go on "want to" and neither will we be able to go and go, on willpower alone.  We MUST take time to spend with God and set that as a priority.  



So our first priority in "me time" is to equip our souls and the second is to take care of our bodies.  We NEED sleep.  Before you make excuses about why you can't because of your kids let me say, I get it.  I remember the middle of the night wake ups (multiple times a night).  But I also know that I will be better off not to stay up late watching that TV show or movie, or looking at the computer or phone screen or even reading.  Sure those things may fit into the definition of "me time" but they shouldn't come before your quiet time, sleep time (however long that is for you 6, 7, 5 hours), or even exercise time.  And routine exercise doesn't have to be about being a certain size, but instead it's about taking care of your temple and being healthy whatever size you are and it's important.

See this is what I've learned and so I'm sharing.  Because I have absolutely struggled in this area. I use moments that could be better spent equipping me and instead turn into a bit of a sloth in front of the TV.  I'm not saying that TV and social media are of the devil, because in and of themselves they aren't. But what I have found is that when I am not glued to the TV or my phone then I am much more productive in keeping the house picked up, spending quality time with my son and husband, and feeling rested.  And because I want to reach the full potential that God has prepared me for- being a godly wife, mother, daughter, sister, employee, friend, Pastor's wife, etc. then I have to use the precious moments of time I have, to refuel (by spending time in the word), recharge (getting enough sleep or as much as possible in this season), and re-energize (by exercising and eating well).  By properly taking care of me, I am able to selflessly give to others, which makes this whole "me time" thing not selfish at all.  

And depending on the age of your kids, you can always have family fit time where you exercise together. On Sundays and sometimes Saturdays, our family has family nap time! haha  And I highly recommend modeling a quiet time for your kids, where they have theirs when you do... not really an option at this point for me with a 2 year old but hopefully something for the future!

Whatever this looks like for you, I encourage you to discuss it with your husband and work together to set time aside for both of you to accomplish these 3 priorities in your routine.

Love in Christ,

Alyson

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Making Over My Mornings

I don't know about you, but if I start out my day on the wrong foot it seems to throw a kink into the whole rest of the day!  This may mean I over sleep (hitting that snooze button just one too many times) or I can't figure out what to wear, or my hair is just going crazy!  So when I saw that Crystal Paine at Money Saving Mom had put together a web course about making over your mornings I was pretty excited.  Mainly because I have been following her blog and Facebook posts for a few years now and really like what she has to say, but also because my mornings could do with a bit of a makeover!




First things first, I was curious what this "web course" would entail. When you purchase her class (which is only $17) you get a workbook and access to fourteen less than 5 minute videos from Crystal -one for every day of the course! The total amount of time this takes is 15 minutes or less a day- totally doable!

Each day has a couple of ideas or tweaks and opportunity in the workbook for you to record your goals and strategies.

For example, day two's title is "Your Morning Begins the Night Before."  From elementary school my mom always wanted us to lay our clothes out the night before...sometimes that happened. ;-)  But it definitely became a goal when I entered the workforce after college.  So part of my nightly routine is to lay out Bug's clothes (on daycare days) and pick out my outfit as well... hubs is on his own! ;-)

Another important thing to do the night before that has a HUGE effect on my morning and entire day is go to bed earlier than too late! One of my stressers in the morning is traffic on the way to work.  Due to where I work it is pretty unavoidable, but I have found that if I can leave my house 10-20 minutes earlier the traffic is MUCH better...or maybe I don't feel as stressed about the possibility of being late because of wrecks or back ups because I have a cushion... either way earlier is better for me!  But more times than not, at night I lay in bed looking at my phone and any of the apps of social media, Pinterest or games that can suck my sleepy time away and before I know it, I've been laying there for an hour when I should have already been asleep! And when I go to bed too late, I am much more inclined to hit that snooze button 3, 4, 5 times!

You may be thinking that these ideas aren't rocket science, and you are correct. But when was the last time you really focused on your morning routine? And like this example, how much the night before can play a role in your next day's success?  And even though we know it, how often do we actually put steps in place to change it?

And that's what this course is about.  It's taking a look at the first part of the day and figuring out how to structure it in such a way that helps with the flow of the rest of the day.  You may be saying, Crystal is a work at home mom who homeschools, how is what she says going to work for me?  Admittedly, she mentions taking a nap when your kids do in the afternoon, which I have done during my lunch break before (mainly when I was pregnant) but isn't all that realistic in most cases (even for the moms who are at home)! However, Crystal offers great tips for all moms, no matter what season of life you are in, whether you are getting your kids ready for school, or are setting up your routine for being at home. Or like me, who just has to get myself up, ready and out the door (thank you my wonderful husband)-- there is great info for everyone!

So I encourage you to check it out.  You can (hopefully) click the picture above, or you can visit this link: https://gr161.isrefer.com/go/MYM/tamer7911/ (which is my affiliate link for the program).  And there are also Facebook groups you can join with others who are going through the course.  And if you decide to do it, PLEASE let me know.  I'd love to discuss it with you and have added accountability!

Love in Christ,

Alyson

PS- I have added pages at the top under my header about me and a Jamberry info page.  You can totally check those out, too!