Beauty of the Beast by Rachel Demeter (Book Review)

A couple of years ago I made a new online friend in author Rachel Demeter after I read her debut novel, The Frost of Springtime (which remains one of my most recommended books). I fell so in love with her storytelling in that novel that I immediately became a raving fan and I’ve basically cyber-stalked…

How to Save Money Dining Out (Without Being an Ass)

There’s a big difference between being frugal and being cheap (there is also a huge difference between being cheap and being a complete ass). Do y’all remember that story  that went viral about the couple that put five $1 bills on the table and took a dollar away if the server disappointed them? Whether the…

MailChimp vs ConvertKit – Which One is Right For You?

This post includes affiliate links which help support and maintain FBL. One of the most popular pieces of advice floating around online for bloggers is to build your email list. There are thousands (millions?) of articles about how to build your list, what to create as an opt-in offer, how often to communicate with your list,…

A Simple Way to Renew Your Mind and Body (Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle but my love for their Mind & Body Collection is all my own.  As much as I love the plentiful options and choices of  the times we live in it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by so much information, so many tutorials, and such high standards. I mean,…

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt (Book Review)

I put off writing my review of Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt for a few days because I’m feeling a bit conflicted over how exactly to present it. I loved the writing but sometimes the storyline was just so convenient that it turned me off. Cara (our lead) kept finding herself in these situations with…

Shark Rocket with DuoClean Review (the Pros and Cons)

Thank you to Shark Ninja for providing me with a complimentary Shark Rocket with DuoClean. This post includes affiliate links which help support FBL.  A few weeks ago I picked up a new Shark Rocket with DuoClean because my old vacuum decided to finally call it quits. It hadn’t been working properly for at least 6…

Brawny Reminds Women That #StrengthHasNoGender

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StrengthHasNoGender #CollectiveBias I am so excited to be teaming up with Brawny today to talk about strong women! They recently changed up their iconic branding (for a limited time) to showcase a strong woman on the front of the…

My Top Time Management Tips for Achieving Balance

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the brands that support FBL. A lot of people ask me how I find the time to work a full-time outside the home career, manage my blog and social media accounts, and commit to my marriage in the way it seems I do. I know it sounds like a lot…

The LaMar Life – March 2017

It feels like the days are moving quicker than ever these days. Brandon and I have been trying to slow down and spend more time cherishing each season of life as it comes  yet it feels like we merely blink and it’s already March. Wasn’t it only yesterday that I was having a cocktail and ushering in the…

Quick Cleaning Tips for Your Busiest Days

Thank you to SharkNinja for providing me with a complimentary Shark Rocket with DuoClean Anyone else have an obsession with buying cleaning supplies? It seems like I can’t walk past the cleaning aisle without stopping and picking up another spray bottle of something or one more set of sponges. I have 7 bottles of Drano under…

Spring-Inspired Style with JORD (and Giveaway!)

Thank you to JORD for providing a complimentary wood watch.  I can’t wait any longer! I want to start talking about baseball, effortless style, warm weather, and natural elements in our wardrobe like this cool watch from Jord! Yes, officially, we are still about three weeks away from the first day of spring but I start embracing…

Twitch Upon a Star by Herbie J Pilato (Book Review)

Raise your hand if you have watched and loved Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery. I know I’m not alone. I loved watching her star as Samantha Stephens and twitch her nose to make magic happen. I remember being a little girl and twitching my own nose when I was alone to see if I could make anything happen.…

Qualities to Look For Before Saying I Do

By most accounts, Brandon and I moved very quickly in our relationship. We actually married two days after he proposed and he proposed 7 months after we started dating. Whirlwind! It was fabulous though and we were both absolutely 100% certain that we were with the right people. I just tell people that when you…

9 of my Top Must-Have WordPress Plugins

Recently, I was chatting with a blogging friend of mine and I casually mentioned a great WordPress plugin I’ve been using for a while. She had never heard of it, which shocked me. In the days that followed I reached out to a few different blogging friends and found that a lot of them didn’t know of or…

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