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FLASH SALE from Mary & Martha!

Mary & Martha Flash Sale

I love when Mary & Martha runs a sale, and the Spring into Spring Flash Sale is a good one! It includes a nice selection of personal and gift items. Unfortunately, the Grace & Gratitude Pie Plate has already sold out. {Click here to see this ad in a larger size.}

My Favorites:

  • Small Indigo Vase ($10) – this vase only shows up in sales now. When it was first introduced, in both a large and small size, it was my favorite item in the catalog. I own both sizes. This is a heavy, gorgeous piece and you won’t believe you got it for $10.
  • Take My Heart Seal Necklace ($14) – I wear this necklace a lot. I like its longer length (28″ chain).
  • Guard Your Heart Key Necklace ($16) – I gave this necklace to my sister yesterday as a just because gift!
  • Good Friends Puzzle Cards ($5) – I love these heavyweight puzzle cards, which come in sets of nine (with envelopes). We like to send them one at a time to the same person or family.
  • Joy Bracelet ($14) – this lovely bracelet blends silver, gold, and copper tones to match anything.

To see all sale items, head over to my M&M store, click Shop, and then click the Sale link on the left. There are two pages of sale items.

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Beauty of Grace book launch party

My first book, The Beauty of Grace, officially releases February 3, although it’s already available online (click over to my book page for links).

If you live here in the Atlanta area, I’d love to invite you to my launch party on Thursday night, February 5! Bring your girlfriends and join us for an evening of fun, including live readings from the book from contributors Robin Dance, Kayla Aimee, Katie Kenny Phillips, and me. Books will be available for purchase and there will be giveaways from DaySpring. Yes, DaySpring giveaways!

When: Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Warehouse, 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040 (in the back of Midway Family Festival next to Midway Park—map it)
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page or just show up!

I hope to see you there!

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We place the last off-season kids’ clothes into boxes. Stacks of shorts and t-shirts, as well as size- and season-labeled boxes, start to litter our bedroom floor as soon as the slow tug-of-war between hot and cold weather begins. My husband sorts them and carries the keepers to the attic; the Goodwill boxes to the car; and the trash bag full of items that no one would want to the garage.

I breathe a sigh of relief, beam at him, and declare, “Now we can have company!” He looks confused, but I know how this cast-off clothing chaos has stolen my peace.

Please stop by (in)courage to read the rest of the post and weigh in on what steals your peace.

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Fight Back With Joy by Margaret Feinberg

I want to introduce you to my friend, Margaret Feinberg. She’s written tons of books and Bible studies including Scouting the Divine and Wonderstruck, and she’s a contributor in my soon-to-be-released book The Beauty of Grace

Margaret’s had a tough couple of years fighting cancer. She’s chosen to fight back with one of the most unusual weapons—joy. Bet you can see why I love her already. I asked her to share a few thoughts with us today. May you be as blessed as I am. 

From Margaret:

I can’t help but admire your strength.

When other people say “impossible”, you hear a personal challenge.

When others dare use the word, “can’t”, you manage to find a way

When others are ready to give up, you’ve just begun.

You turn a mountain into a molehill and the overwhelming into manageable.

It’s one of the many things I adore about you.

Now let’s be clear. I know you’re not perfect. You’re the first to admit that. But even after all your self-deprecation, many of us still suspect you have super human strength running through your veins.

Yet even for you, the strong woman, the leader, life is hard sometimes. This world is mixed up and messed up.

In the middle of it all, you’re still holding on, holding strong.

Brave. Brilliant. Beautiful. You.

But sometimes, when everyone is out of earshot, you let the tears flow, the words fall, and you wonder if you’re really doing okay, if it’s all going to be okay.

I wonder these things, too. I suspect most of us strong women do.

But there comes a time when we need to let our hair down and get honest and vulnerable about the struggles.

The fears we don’t say aloud lest they be true.

The anxieties that wake us up in the night.

The loneliness that attacks when we least suspect it.

That’s one of the reasons I wrote Fight Back With Joy book and Bible study—the most heart-wrenching, vulnerable project I’ve ever done. In it, I share my battle with cancer and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way as I’ve walked in the dark with God.

Here’s a sneak peek of the video:

Fight Back With Joy 6-Session DVD Bible Study Promo Video from Margaret Feinberg on Vimeo.

Because us strong women need to connect, and create a space to wrestle through the deepest issues of our heart and our faith. After all, the robustness of God is best displayed in frailty.

This book makes me feel so vulnerable. So raw. So real.

I’m taking that risk for you.

Because you’re worth it.

And us strong women need to stick together—especially if we’re going to change the world—and be a people who fight back with joy.

Margaret Feinberg teaches at churches and conferences including Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping church and culture by Christianity Today. Her books and Bible studies, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck, have sold nearly a million copies. She lives in Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing and being silly.

Fight Back With Joy This post is part of Margaret Feinberg’s Partymob for her brand-new book and Bible study, Fight Back With Joy. To join the celebration (and learn more), click here. To grab a copy of this book, click here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, 6-Session Bible Study Kit.

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Get January’s Desktop Calendar!

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Are you with me in what happened to 2014 mode, here on this last day of the year? My perception of this year’s speed shifted based on where I was with my book(s). January and February flew as I bore down on the March 1 deadline. I couldn’t imagine why it took 11 months to turn a manuscript into a finished product, but Revell has worked steadily through these seemingly endless months.

Now time whooshes by again as we approach the February 3 release date of The Beauty of Grace. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Friends, you will love this book. Pre-orders tell Amazon that people are interested and they stock accordingly for the release. You won’t be billed until that time.

If you live here in Atlanta, stay tuned for details on the book launch party!

My second book, on friendship, is due to the publisher on March 1. She grows and blooms day by day and I can’t wait to see what she becomes. Thank you, friends, for joining me on this publishing journey.

Download Your January Desktop Calendar!

We’ve had temperatures in the 60’s in Atlanta, so I’m thankful for snow pictures from last year. Grab a mug of hot chocolate, pull on your cardigan, and enjoy January’s frosty desktop calendar. I make them for you!

Enjoy!

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techgifts

[Contest closed: the winner is Lesli Richards!]

I love gadgets: cool, techy things that either enhance my productivity, my life, or are just plain fun. Recently I’ve tested three which now feel indispensable to me—the PUNK wireless speaker and RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic and the AwoX StriimLIGHT mini, an LED light bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker.

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones!

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AwoX StriimLIGHT Mini

At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around a bluetooth speaker within a lightbulb. Will it burn out? No. The Striimlight mini is LED, different than a standard lightbulb. It’s perfect for smaller fixtures, like my nightstand lamp, and easily pairs with my iPhone.

I’ve played podcasts and listened to music while wrapping gifts with my AwoX StriimLIGHT mini bulb, but mostly I’ve used it with the light turned off (you can do this with the remote control), playing soft music to filter out other sounds at night. My house never sleeps!

Features include:

  • Plays audio right from your Bluetooth music players, including computers and numerous types of smartphones and tablets
  • Infrared remote control for light on/off, sound volume setup and mute
  • Bulb: LED, 110-240v, fits standard E26 or E14 socket
  • Speaker: 3 Watts, 200Hz-20KHz
  • Includes remote control for volume and light.

If you’re looking for a bigger AwoX light/speaker combo, check this out:

AwoX StriimLIGHT 8W E26 LED Light Bulb with Integrated Bluetooth Speaker

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RELAYS In-Ear Headphones

I’ve never owned headphones as nice as the RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic. They come with four different-sized pairs of rubbery ear tips that fit on the earbuds. Find your size—I need the smallest ones—and the custom tip ensures a comfortable, secure fit in your ear.

I dropped the rubbery tips a couple of times while trying to determine my size, so honestly, I worried that they would be easily lost. But once I found my size and left them attached, I haven’t had a problem. They remain secure going in and out of my ears and come with their own carrying pouch. Fancy!

If you’re interested in a full-sized pair of headphones, Sol Republic currently offers a 100-day money back guarantee on their Tracks Air wireless bluetooth headphones.

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PUNK Wireless Speaker from Sol Republic

The PUNK wireless speaker entered my life at the same time I developed an addiction to podcasts. How have I missed them until now?! I carry the PUNK in my purse so I can listen to audiobooks or podcasts or music from my phone while in the car; it comes with a cord that plugs easily into the base of my phone’s car charger, so I recharge on the go.

I love the PUNK’s rubbery feel and portability. I pulled it out and sat it on the table one night at Moe’s to demo for friends. I can use it in class when I teach music history this spring. How cool to carry a portable speaker I can whip out when needed! We’ll know I’ve developed a problem when my own, personal soundtrack fills the air around me at the grocery store. It could happen.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones!

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? {I’m hooked on Serial, This American Life, and Stuff You Should Know.}

What would you do with a wireless bluetooth speaker?

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