Finding a name you will give your child is no easy task, you go through hundreds of names, and you must find one that both you and your husband love. For Nathan and I, this process was extremely easy (Thank Goodness). Her name came straight from God, a feeling that we just knew exactly her name. Before we even found out the gender we were calling her by name.
Macie Elizabeth DeNicola
Meaning of Macie: Gift of Yaweh
Meaning of Elizabeth: God is my abundance
But there is so much more to both those names than just those meanings. Nathan and I are both extremely close to our families and family means so much to us. We are both very sentimental, so when choosing a name for our baby girl we knew we wanted it to have great meaning.
Macie is the name of Nathan's great-grandmother, and Elizabeth is the name of my great-grandmother and my middle name as well. First, let's talk about Macie. I wish I could have met her because from what I have heard she was a remarkable lady. She was very intelligent - H.S. Valedictorian, and she loved books; Which is where her children get their love for reading. She was someone who instilled that education was essential. You see Macie dreamed of going to college, and so she wrote a letter to the President of the college she hoped to attend ever since she was a little girl. She offered to work for her tuition because she couldn't ask her father for money to go to college, it was hard times back then. One day a car came to her driveway and it was the President of the College. He came to speak with Macie and offer her a scholarship. Unfortunately, Macie's grandmother declined the scholarship on her behalf because they couldn't afford for the boys to go to college, so she didn’t think it would be fair for Macie to go. Heartbroken, Macie still stood with her head high and went to do her chores and never mentioned the incident to her father that night. Macie had not spoken of that experience to her children until many years later, but it showed how she did not dwell on how things might have been and instead took life with strides. Macie made sure that her home was filled with books for her children. She exposed them to the classics and made sure they had a set of encyclopedias to help with their school work. All of her children had very worn library cards, and they knew from a very young age that they were expected to go to college, and they did. Those three children would end up earning a total of 7 degrees.
Macie was also a Faithful Follower of Christ, and an extremely gifted painter. From what I have been told she made some incredible dishes as well; from cooking, to baking, to canning. She also played the piano beautifully. She loved her "ear-bobs" and shopping, laying out in the sun, and she was a witty character. Clearly, a very strong woman that we are honored to name our daughter after.
We have designated a library in Macie's nursery in honor of the first Macie, and her love for reading and education.
Now let's talk about Elizabeth, my great-grandmother. Her name was actually Sarah Elizabeth (whom I was named after) but she always went by Elizabeth until I was born. She grew up in Texas and moved to Indiana when she was 16. She was always joyful and had the sweetest laugh. She was what I would call a Proverbs 31 woman. She had 3 children and every Saturday she made homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. She was an incredible mom, grandma, and great grandma. She was a great wife and always worked hard to keep her house clean, and she was a bit of a Martha (she worried). Hence where grandma Stump and I get our cleaning from and our worries. She loved horses and loved Jesus. She was born with a hole in her heart, just a little something unique, just like me and my one arm.
Oh Macie, you are named with great intention. Your dad and I pray over you every night and all the time. We pray you are kind, strong, intelligent, and are a little disciple of the Lord. We pray that you always will put God first in your life and all you do. Your dad and I can’t wait to meet your sweet face. You are already so loved by so many people.
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Are you looking to know how to grow healthy, soft, and shiny hair?
I was too, and as I did my research I found that ingredients are everything when it comes to hair care. I have always had really straight, fine hair, but a lot of it. However, I noticed that as I get older my hair has started to shed a lot more and as I get more stressed with work I tend to pull on my hair. A pretty bad habit for my hair and it's health.
So this year I decided it was time to invest in having healthy hair.
When I saw that my all time favorite skincare brand came out with a hair care line I was ecstatic.
I immediately had to try it out and I can't wait to share some of my favorites with you guys.
P.S. I am currently on my 4th set of bottles so you guys can trust that i actually use these products.
Let's start with Shampoo and Conditioner:
Scalp Relief Set
Let's now talk hair care treatments:
Scalp Relief : Derma E has recently come out with a Scalp Treatment that is infused with Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera, and a Herbal Blend. It is the perfect treatment for those who experience flakey, itchy, dry scalp.
Not to mention that this product smells absolutely incredible, which is super hard to find in most hair care products like this. You can use it after you wash your hair in the shower and it provides an instant relief of itching and a long-term effect as well. No need to apply much, a little goes a long way.
My second favorite new product that is currently COMING SOON:
Derma E Keratin Thickening Spray:
Are you looking to add volume to your hair? This product is perfect for you! It is formulated with Keratin and Biotin and instantly gives you a boost in volume and height to your hair. Not to mention that it has an ingredient called Chanterelle Mushroom and it helps to prevent hair loss. That's a yes from me after the 2020 year.
My TOP FAVORITE Product COMING SOON From Derma E:
Bonding Hair Repair Oil
So if you are wondering how to treat your hair with a bonding hair oil, and does hair oil work to grow and nourish your hair? Or why you should use hair oil? Here you go!
I was so excited about this product because hair oil has been a huge thing this year and there are so many products out there. I have seen them advertised on social media like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. The main issue I found with other brands is the price of them. Some of these brands are charging consumers way too much for hair oils.
Hence why I am in love with Derma E, it works, shows incredible results, and it is budget friendly. Their Bonding Hair Oil is clean, concentrated, and it boosts shine while helping to nourish and repair damaged hair. Minimizing flyaways and hair frizz creating a silky soft finish to your hair. That's a YES from me! It is enriched with: Chaga Mushroom, Jojoba Oil, Amla and Mongongo Oils.
We are about to be in those deep winter months which means dry skin.
Dry skin go away, please do not come back another day. Luckily with Derma E Hydrating Line your skin will be hydrated all winter long, and all year long!
If you have followed me for a long time then you know that I love Derma E. It is my holy grail brand that has saved my skin in so many different stages. I don’t share this with you just because. I share this brand and these products because they have proven time and time again improvements in my skin personally.
So let’s talk skin hydration!
With this line from Derma E your skin is plumped and replenished with essential vitamins and botanicals. Vegan Hyaluronic Acid delivers intense moisture for healthy hydration while infused humectants work to reduce dullness, fine lines, and flakiness in this ultra-hydrating and plumping collection.
Does it get better than that? Let’s talk products
My personal favorite: The Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Gel Booster
I love this one because it helps target those dry patches in your skin and it also has Hyaluronic Acid that delivers intense moisture.
The next two are go-to’s that you can’t go wrong with, if you are experiencing dry skin these Day and Night Cream’s will keep your skin hydrated day and night so that you can wake up with moisture and go through your day without the heavy feeling on your skin.
Do you have puffy eyes when you wake up? Are you tired of bags under your eyes?
Fear not, The Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Water Eye Gel has your under eyes feeling refreshed. It helps hydrate and balance moisture with a cooling, soothing active to de-puff and awaken skin for brighter, younger-looking eyes. You can awake to brighter skin and no more puffiness.
Lastly, let’s talk Facial’s. Who doesn’t love a good facial am I right?
Now you can get a hydrating facial in your own home with Derma E ultra hydrating alkaline overnight facial. Now you can pamper yourself at home with a luxurious overnight facial. It’s an overnight.
Now you can love your skin and wake up feeling hydrated.
I share these products with you because Derma E is skincare I trust and you can trust too! #ad #DermaE #sprouts #Ulta #PROVENCLEANBEAUTY
In my 20's skincare has been a huge aspect of my life. I learned the importance of taking care of your skin and finding brands that truly care about your skin too!
If you follow me on any of my social media you know that my Holy Grail Skincare Solution leads to the brand Derma E.
Derma E is committed to your skin just as much as you are! They are also committed to your health, well-being, and the natural environment. I have extremely sensitive skin so when choosing what I put on my face the ingredients matter. Another reason why I love this brand is because they make dermatologist recommended products.
Anytime Derma E comes out with a new line of skincare my entire day, week, month, is made! I wouldn't be sharing this with you if I didn't love the products and use them everyday.
Let's talk about their new Anti-Wrinkle line
Two things that stood out to me right away : the products contain Vitamin A & Glycolic Acid
The serum gently exfoliates the skin to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin. You are probably wondering what the benefit of these products are?
Fights signs of premature aging. I think we can all agree that it's never too early or late to start taking care of your skin.
I use the cleanser once a day, I prefer at nighttime after all my makeup is off and then I like to switch it up between the serum and the Night cream depending on how my skin is feeling. If I am feeling oily I prefer the serum because it is lighter than the cream. But if I am feeling dry a cream will rejuvenate and energize my skin back to a healthy glow. The night cream is perfect because it treats your skin overnight and in the morning your skin can feel refreshed.
If you are looking for a way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and a youthful looking complexion and glow I highly recommend this line from Derma E.
Well known for her love for Jesus, coffee, and having one arm. Sarah share's stories in her life in hope to help others. She wants you to know that,
"Our differences do not define who we are but are a part of the story that God has written for our lives."
Sarah says, " I hope that I can be someone to relate to in a world of untold real stories. Everything I write is from my heart and real."
"We are all created imperfectly perfect by God, we should be proud of our imperfections and differences, they make us who we are today but do not define us, know that you are beautiful and remind yourself of this everyday."