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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Matilda Jane Spring 2018 Launch ~ Feb 1st ~ Check it out and book a web show ~ Great Jane perks and a perfect way to get free clothing! Click the photo to go directly to the website for ordering.

Let's get decked out for Spring in Matilda Janes new line!  What's not to L O V E ~ email me with questions, order or hosting a web show, I'd love for you to get free money to spend and 1/2 price items!  


Friday, January 26, 2018

I'm so excited ~ I have finally {after 10 years} become a Trunk Keeper with Matilda Jane!

The title says it all!!!!  After wearing Matilda Jane for the last 10 years I finally had the opportunity to become a Trunk Keeper.  I am beyond thrilled as my daughter and I have worn this line since 2007 and I have never received anything that I didn't LOVE!
If you have never heard of Matilda Jane it is a high-end boutique brand specializing in baby girls, girls, tween girls, and women fashion clothing. Over the past few years, MJ has expanded into home as well, which receives equal love from us! {see my daughters bedding below}
You may wonder what took me so long to join the company especially if I bought everything they released for 10 years and well, that is a great question?!?!  I actually tried to join the company about 6-7 years ago but there was a hiring freeze on Trunk Keepers ~ this was probably a blessing in disguise {you know He works in ways we will never see or understand}.  If I had joined when I wanted to, I would never have made a dime because I would have spent everything I earned and then some, I am sure of it!  Now that my daughter is almost out of the tween line, we are enjoying the womens together, along with the accessories and home lines ~ there is still so much love to be had beyond the littles lines and I think this speaks volumes about MJ ~ I am still jumping on board even though we no longer have a need of purchasing all that sweet little girl love. 

So with all of that said, please click the Shop Matilda Jane with Me  Matilda Jane logo at the top right of this page to go to the Matilda Jane website and check it out if you've never done so before.  If you want to order, book a show, ask a question or are simply looking for a Trunk Keeper please feel free to email me at kariteel@matildajaneclothing.com and I will be in touch ASAP.  Happy Shopping ~ the new line releases Feb 1!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Are you running on empty? Well stop and fill up!

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6


Sometimes (especially for mommas) it’s easy to get wrapped up in taking care of the people around us ~ we find that we’re always giving, taking care of kids, preparing dinner for family and sometimes not our own, working overtime at the office, or helping that friend who is struggling. And that’s all good but if we're not careful, we will end up feeling rundown and empty. That’s why we have to take time every day to get filled back up. Our first priority should be taking care of our self and above all, make time to get into the presence of God. Throughout scripture, we see that when we are in God’s presence, there is fullness of joy, fullness of peace, and fullness of victory. In His presence, we are refreshed, renewed and restored and that’s why it’s so important to take time every day to spend time with Him.  We have to be diligent to have quiet time with Him so He can fill us back up.
Everyday make it a habit to take time to get alone with God and just say, “God, I love You today. Thank You for my life, for my family, for the opportunities You’ve given me. Lord, I know every good thing comes from You.” When we live like that, with your heart connected to His, we will be refreshed,renewed, restored and filled up for the journey of life ahead!
"Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for filling me with Your strength. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can be righteous in You. I hunger for Your truth and seek You first. Draw me to You and keep me close to You always in Jesus’ name. Amen."

Monday, January 8, 2018

Be Who God Created You to Be

"God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’" Job 37:5-6

What would it look like for you to admit today what you are and are not made for? God says to the snow, "Fall on the earth." That’s it, just do one thing, fall. Then He says to the rain shower, "Be a mighty downpour." Essentially, He’s saying just do the thing I’ve actually created you to do ~ you are rain, so rain. You’re snow, so snow. Do your thing. Do the thing you love to do, what you’ve been created to do. I love the simplicity of that, the tremendous weight it takes off my shoulders. God’s asking me to be the thing He’s already created me to be.

So many of us twist ourselves up in knots trying desperately to be something we're not or someone else ~ trying to fulfill some endless list of qualities and capabilities that we think will make us feel loved, wanted, safe or happy. In reality, that’s an exhausting way to live ... I know because I’ve done it and some days still struggle with it!

We’ve gotten wrapped up in what someone else wanted us to be, what we thought would keep us happy and safe and gain us approval. I’m finding there’s tremendous value in traveling back to our essential selves, the loves and skills and passions God planted inside us long ago. When I look at my life, I see the passions and dreams I’ve carried through my whole life being wife, being a mom, being a teacher, even things as simple as being creative, loving food, travel, reading, golf,etc. These are things I’ve always loved, and they continue to bring me great joy and fulfillment ... these are the desires, passions and dreams that God put right into my heart.

We often fight who God created us to be by creating layers of expectation and pressure that are unattainable. We live in a culture that tries to define what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a success, what it means to live a valuable life, instead be who He created you to be and do what He created you to do! The snow is only meant, created and commanded to fall. The rain only meant, created and commanded to pour down. You were only meant, created and commanded to be who you are!

Dear Heavenly Father, today, please give me the courage to live the life You’ve called me to with the same contentedness and confidence as the falling snow or the pouring rain. Please help me to walk away from roles and expectations that other people have for me, and to live in peace with the exact way You created me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.