photo-7This was my second year attending the Influence Conference and I was so excited to go and to learn what my influence can be in various aspects of my life (but focusing on my online influence). I was not disappointed this year – there were sessions, classes & workshops focused around using our online presence for good. There were many classes in which I cried, there were three amazing worship times where we cried out to God, there was a members-only session by Lara Casey that broke down walls and so many other good things. While my head is swimming and my heart is full of good things that now I need to implement, I can’t share it all. I didn’t even have time to take pictures during the conference. There is just too much good that happened in 48 hours. But I will share snippets that I will be taking with me in the days to come:

His Spirit lives in me, so it pushes out all of that try-hard and look-at-me. (Hayley Morgan)

Fear is the fuel in Satan’s getaway car. (Whitney English)

Just because it’s not published, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. (Life Panel, can’t remember who said it)

Don’t value the comfort that comes with sameness. (Jessica Honegger)

Do more of what fires you up. God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things when they are surrendered. (Lara Casey)

There’s a lot of people doing what you do, so be appreciative of those who choose you. (Lindsay Sherbondy)

Fear, guilt & shame motivate temporarily, but the love of God motivates forever. (Ellen Parker)

Comparison is the thief of community. (Carrie McQuaid)

God loves HIS Kingdom. He hates MY kingdom. He loves when I build HIS kingdom. (Jess Connolly)

Seriously, so much good stuff! If you were there, what was your favorite quote from the weekend?

Influence-SWAGThanks to the wonderful sponsors that gave gifts & info in the SWAG bags and helped fund the conference:
Necklace from Simply Put Handmade Jewelry | Mug from Crystal Faye | KeyFob from Better Life Bags
Scripture Magnet from Chamels Creations | Pencil from DotProducts.org | Earrings from ViBella
Print from B Paperie | Card from Love By Design | Card from Rainy Day Colors | WiFi from David Kind
Journal from Patton Prints | Eight Twenty Eight book from B&H Publishing | Yoga Decal from Holy Yoga
Exploring Grace Together sample book from Crossway | Devotional from the Influence Core Team
Bag from Lisa LeonardGrace for Moms | She Does Justice | Mocha Club | Naptime Diaries Shop | ThriveMoms

If I have forgotten any swag bag sponsor please let me know! I want everyone to get recognition for their generosity in helping to fill 300 bags to bless the attendees. Thank you again to all of the sponsors who provided swag or funds to help put on the Influence Conference!

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

I joined with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

When my friend Megan asked me to participate in this online movement today with 100 other bloggers, I have to admit, at first I hesitated because it doesn’t necessarily fit with the things that I put out on my blog. Then I watched Colbie’s video and with tears in my eyes said “I’m in” because I think it’s that important that we support each other as women in this way.

The song says over and over, “You don’t have to try so hard.” Colbie’s not saying to never try ever in your life, let’s be real. You all know what she’s saying – you don’t have to try so hard to please others by having the hair extensions, fancy makeup & sexy clothes. I’m not saying there’s not a time and place for some of those things (I know my husband appreciates some of these things) but I don’t have to try so hard to impress others with my appearance because I know I am known and loved by God and my family. They love me in the yoga pants or my Sunday best. They love me in the good, bad and ugly.

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So here is me. On the left is Sunday morning “me” when I actually get dressed in something other than workout clothes, do my hair and put on makeup. On the right is regular, everyday “me” – when I’m home working or being with the family or relaxing on the porch. That’s the “me” that you’ll see 5 out of the 7 days of the week. That’s the “me” that I consider to be the real me, because I like being comfortable with my hair up and not having to take makeup off every night before bed. I love the fact that my hubby likes seeing me in workout clothes – it helps.

Why do you resonate with what Colbie’s trying to say – why do you feel like you don’t have to try so hard?

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

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59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!

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BOTM-blog3 I’m so excited to share with you this new collection that has been such a fun collaboration with Susan from Belle of the Midwest. She approached me a while back after launching her new blog and asked that we collaborate. What I thought was going to be one item has turned into a whole collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share that with you today on my birthday!

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I hope you guys love the way that the collection can be dressed up or down, layered or worn alone. The beauty of the collection is that every piece matches the other so you can pair them up however you want and every single one is $30 or less.

enewsThis stunning new bracelet is handmade from sterling silver wire right here in the studio. The wire is formed into a circle, soldered, shaped into an oval and hammered – link by link. It’s finished up by some time in the polisher giving it a sweet shine. The perfect everyday bracelet that you won’t want to take off! It’s lightweight yet heavy gauge and sure to get comments every where you go (because I get comments every time I wear the prototype!).

{P.S. The remaining Ready To Ship items are 30% off with code rts30 – only a handful left!}

{P.S.S. We now have TEN different essential oil diffusers in the shop – they’ve been a hit! Not one is more popular than the other really, all of the styles have been doing really well. Which would you choose?)

I’m so excited to tell you about a super cute jewelry shop run by Mina called Papelline. The thing that I love about her jewelry is the simplicity of it. The items are dainty and light, and I can imagine so comfortable to wear that you forget you even have them on until someone tells you how fabulous your jewelry is.

Mina says,

Hello! I’m Mina, and I love anything and everything simple and pretty. I’m a nurse by day, crafter by night, a mom and wife 24/7, a dreamer always <3 Everything in this shop is carefully handcrafted by me, from choosing the materials, production, packaging, and shipping. Each piece is designed with beauty, versatility and simplicity in mind, perfect for everyday wear!

The name “Papelline” (pah-pel-leen”) came from my love of crafts in my younger years, particulary paper crafts (stationery, gift wrapping, ribbons, stickers, etc). “Papel” is Fililpino word for “paper”, and I’ve always dreamt of owning a pretty paper supplies store (or something similar) for as long as I can remember. But my love for jewelry-making is stronger and much harder to deny. So in April of 2014, with encouragement from my husband, son, family, and dear friends, I opened my little shop, and named it “Papelline” ♥.

il_570xN.607118930_s943Ella // $21

il_570xN.607165434_owy9Naveen // $18

il_570xN.600915878_nwksAdeline // $30

Aren’t they beautiful? I need that blue Adeline necklace for sure. It’s 20mm stunner and needs to be mine.

Mina is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate to her Etsy shop! Can I enter? Okay, I guess I can’t so I’m going to let one of you have it. Enter to win one below via the Rafflecopter App. While you’re waiting to see if you won, use code AMYC15 for a 15% discount off the purchase price of anything in the Papelline shop!

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