Our Identity in Christ

Over the course of my life, I have made the mistake of finding my self-worth in other people and things. I think it’s safe to say that most of us Americans automatically find our worth by what’s in our bank account, whether we own/rent our homes, our job titles, social group, the vacations we go on, and material possessions, such as what type of car we drive and things we own. All of these things are tangible. We can see them right in front of us, and we sometimes worry about what all of that looks like to other people. Maybe in this modern-day, you take pride in how many followers you have on social media, or how many likes you get on a post. Especially that post you put a lot of wit or thought into, or that photo that was taken at that perfect moment, with perfect lighting, etc.

What would happen if the one earthly thing you pride yourself in the most, went away? 

Last week after coming back from the holiday break, I received the news that my full-time position at work is being phased into a freelance position over the next few months due to work-flow. If you know me, then you know that I love my job. I thoroughly enjoy the projects I get to work on, and working from home is the cherry on top. As you can imagine, finding out this news was sort of devastating. I was in shock at first, and then shock turned into defeat. I almost felt like I was having an identity crisis. Who was I without this job? What am I going to do? What is my ‘title’ going to be in the coming months?

Maybe you’re like me and you’re stuck in what seems to be the ‘in-between’ phase in life and you’re wondering what that next chapter is going to hold. Or maybe you have total and complete job security, you’ve created the family you’ve dreamed of, and you’re already accomplishing all of your goals in life.

Let me encourage you today, to stop putting your worth in things other than Christ. There is nothing wrong with enjoying and taking pride in your job, your family, etc. However, when you believe your worth is only based on earthly things, there’s a problem. If you are a Christian, your worth and identity should be rooted in Christ. If you were to take away all of your earthly titles and possessions, what would be left and who would you be? 

I encourage you today to cling to who scripture says you are and stop attaching your worth to something earthly, and something that’s going to eventually fade away.

Last year, the women in my church did a bible study called The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. One of the topics we went over was our identity in Christ.
If you are a Christian, I hope you can find hope and encouragement in this list:

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1)

The Holy Spirit lives in me (1 Cor. 3:16)

I have access to God’s wisdom (Jas. 1:5)

I am helped by God (Heb. 4:16)

I am reconciled to God (Rom. 5.11)

I am not condemned by God (Rom. 8:1)

I am justified (Rom. 5:1)

I have Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21)

I am Christ’s ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20)

I am completely forgiven (Col. 1:14)

I am tenderly loved by God (Jer. 31:3)

I am the sweet fragrance of Christ to God (2 Cor. 2:15)

I am a temple in which God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16)

I am blameless and beyond reproach (Col. 1:22)

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)

I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)

I am a branch on Christ’s vine (John 15:1,5)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I am joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him (Rom. 8:17)

I am united to the Lord, one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)

I am a saint (Eph. 1:1)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

I am a child of the light (1 Thess. 5:5)

I am holy, and I share in God’s heavenly calling (Heb. 2:11)

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession and created to sing his praises (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

I am firmly rooted and built up in Christ (Col. 2:7)

I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16)

I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Eph. 3:12)

I have been rescued from Satan’s domain and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13)

I have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10)

I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:)

I have been given great and precious promises by God (2 Pet. 1:4)

My needs are met by God (Phil 4:19)

I am a prince (princess) in God’s kingdom (John:12; 1 Tim. 6:15)

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19,20)

I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph. 1:5)

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am assured that all things are working together for good (Rom. 8:28)

I am free from any condemning charges against me (Rom. 8:31)

I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35)

I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21,22)

I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1:6)

I am a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)

I am a personal witness of Christ’s (Acts 1:8)

I am God’s coworker (2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Cor. 3:9)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Eph. 2:6)

I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me the strength I need (Phil. 4:13)

How We Saved $1500+ On Our Disney Vacation

We have officially been back from our Disney vacation for two weeks now and it already seems like we went a lifetime ago!

My husband and I both grew up going to the parks during family vacations. I have family in New Smyrna Beach which is about an hour outside of Orlando. Every year when my family and I would visit, we would choose one park from Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World to visit during our stay. We usually only went to one of the Disney World parks, not all 4 in one week. I wasn’t able to experience a 4 park vacation until I was a freshman in high school and we visited for a concert band trip and performed at Disney.

Before we left for this trip, I intended to write this post on tips that helped us save, so I am very excited to finally tell you guys how we saved so much on our Disney vacation.

I want to preface this post with a couple of things:

  1. For our Disney vacation, we did NOT stay on property, which also means we did not participate in the Disney dining plan. I will explain why below.
  2. I am not a savvy couponer, so if you implemented these simple strategies with other couponing methods out there, you could potentially save even more!

As you may know, we went to Orlando last summer, but we only went to one of the parks since we were planning on going to Universal and doing other things in town. Once we got back I started following a few Disney Instagram accounts which then led to Disney Youtube channels and my love for going back grew! I had “joked” with my husband about going back to Orlando but this time, making it a full-fledged, all 4 parks vacation. I knew it was going to take some convincing since we had just visited Orlando the summer before. I secretly started seeking out tips from Disney couponers. One of the tips, as I’m sure many of you know, is to use gift cards to then purchase Disney gift cards. That is my first tip!

Search weekly ads to see if you can earn gift cards on purchases you’re already making.
I’m a frequent Target shopper, so I started skimming ads for ways I could rack up those $5 and $10 gift cards. Well, in April I was looking and realized I could buy all of my laundry cleaning products and score a gift card and thought “that’s it, I’m onto something!”…. until I saw THE deal of the year. (like all the drama? haha)
Both my husband and I had iPhone 4s at the time and mine was still going strong but my husband had cracked his screen on a boat while on a fishing trip with friends. It was still usable, but almost to the point where it wasn’t functioning properly. He was holding out for the spring when Apple usually announces a new phone.
Target was giving away $300 gift cards if you upgraded to the iPhone 7. Yes, you read that correctly, $300 PER LINE. It was also supposed to be buy one, get one free through AT&T, but later we found out it was only if you were activating a new line, which in our case didn’t fit our scenario. My husband was a little bummed about not getting a newly released phone, but was game for putting the $600 gift cards towards Disney tickets and not using a cracked iPhone anymore. I was thrilled that we were able to take advantage of this deal. Not only were we in need of new phones, but we also had $600 to put towards tickets, just like that! We went back and forth for a while debating how many days to actually go to the parks, but we ended up deciding on 5 days. No park hopper passes, just 5 regular days. At the time of our vacation, that was a total of $740, so we only paid $188 out of pocket (with taxes) for our park tickets. *I have not seen the $300 deal for iPhones again since April, but I have seen some $250 offers, so hold out until you see those!

We purchased 6, $100 Disney gift cards (not Disney Store) and combined those onto one card which you can do online at www.disneygiftcard.com.

$600 Disney gift cards


Save other gift cards.
We didn’t start out by doing this intentionally, but we had a little bowl of gift cards in our home from birthdays and other holidays and occasions. I had an unused $100 hotels.com gift card my mother in law gave me for Christmas, and once we knew we were going to Florida I decided to save it and use it towards our weekly stay, or on our way back since we were planning on driving. Once we had $75 in our bowl of gift cards to use towards food and coffee, we figured why not save them for our trip? We also had a couple of opportunities to take surveys, in which we were rewarded Amazon gift cards. Those were mainly through my husband’s job. We put those Amazon gift cards towards Starbucks, the T-Rex Cafe (which is at Disney Springs, but is a bit pricey for what it is) and Yard House (which is by the Orlando Eye). By the time our trip came we had the following gift cards saved:

$245 gift cards for food & coffee
$100 hotels.com gift card
$20 Target gift card (we ended up using for road trip snacks before we left)

Even if you are not planning on getting gift cards as gifts or saving them, I would recommend that you purchase gift cards leading up to your trip, so that way some of your expenses are spread out among different pay periods rather than the pay period you’re in when you’re on vacation.

Save change the old-fashioned way.
This wasn’t a huge hit for us since we normally don’t keep a ton of cash on us, but we were still able to save $33 worth of change. That’s just shy of 2 Mickey pretzels w/ cheese, 2 churros w/ dipping sauces, and two Mickey ice cream bars! haha

$33 worth of change


Weigh out the pros and cons of staying on and off property. If staying off property, research how much hotels typically run, and then look on Groupon.
To be honest, when I first started researching prices for rooms on Disney property, I was a little disappointed. I felt like the prices for the most basic rooms were outrageous. We also wanted to bring Maximus along with us and we were booking our trip before Disney had implemented a new pet policy (which is still a little pricey). So, we decided to go for off-property. That meant no dining plan, and that we would have to pay for parking each day we went to the parks, which was a total of 6 separate times. (We decided to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party one night on top of our 5-day passes). I still think that staying off property and eating outside of the parks (for the most part) saved us money. Once we officially decided we wanted to stay off property, we researched and came across a couple of hotels we loved, but were waiting on vacation time to get approved. It ended up working out perfectly. When we got the okay from work, the hotel we were going to book was on Groupon for $200 less than we would have paid through a standard booking site. Unfortunately, the king rooms were all booked, but we were still able to book a room below our price range which actually ended up being a room upgrade! We were able to get a family suite (full kitchen, living room area, two twin beds, pull out sofa, king bed, free continental breakfast) for the price of the king room we originally wanted on Groupon. Plus there was a promo code and we saved an additional $50. It was only $850 with taxes for our hotel room for 8 nights! We could have saved money on parking by taking the free shuttle the hotel had offered, but we wanted to come back in the middle of our days to relax and let Max out to use the bathroom. Unfortunately, our hotel only had a few shuttles in the morning and at night, so that wasn’t possible, but I would stay at our hotel again in a heartbeat! We stayed at the Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista. They are also a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor hotel! This hotel was only 10-15 minutes from the Disney parks, so getting there was a breeze. They even serve fresh Mickey waffles for breakfast every morning! 🙂

$250 savings


Consider using the Disney Chase Credit Card.
I will admit that I feel funny recommending you to go get a credit card, but this actually did help us. I would suggest getting a card only if you have the money to pay off the card right away. When we signed up for this card, the welcome offer was that if you spent $500 within the first three months of opening the card, they would give you a $200 statement credit back. We didn’t apply for the card until we had our vacation time approved from work, and had an idea where we were going to be staying. This allowed us to stay in the three-month window. Once we saw the $200 statement credit get applied to our account, we paid off the amount we used for the hotel right away. Easy as that! If you decide to stay on property, this card is interest-free for Disney vacation packages. Another cool thing about this card is that you can earn 1% and even 2% on purchases. That is a saving tip in of itself. I have heard people put bills on their card and pay it off right away just so they can rack up those reward dollars (I am not suggesting that). You can use these reward dollars in the parks, towards food or merchandise and can even redeem a card the day you get there so you can accrue dollars up until you leave. I loaded/redeemed my card at Disney Springs and used it at the World of Disney towards my Alex and Ani bracelet.

$200 statement credit
$33 reward dollars


Start using Ebates when purchasing online.
I will admit that sometimes it seems like you need to spend a decent amount of money online to see a benefit from using cash back services. But ultimately, I think that it’s a no-brainer. If you are going to purchase something online anyway, why not get a few dollars back every time you shop? It will eventually add up and you can get cash back or a gift card towards a store you like to shop at. We used Ebates to get cash back on booking our hotel through Groupon, and that alone got us $21 cash back. I also was able to accrue a few extra dollars by shopping for vacation clothes online. If you are new to Ebates, you can sign up for free and get a $10 bonus by clicking on my link here!

$32 cash back

Total saved: $1513

I hope you have found some of these tips helpful! How do you save for your Disney trips? I’m really wanting another Disney vacation in my near future, whether that be Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Aulani or a Disney cruise! haha 🙂

Let me know if you found this post to be helpful, or if you have any other tips for saving!

Have a great day! xoxo

The Naked Dog Box

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Hi everyone!

I am back today to do a review on The Naked Dog Box! The Naked Dog Box is a subscription service that delivers dog food right to your door every two weeks.

The Naked Dog Box

What is nice about this kibble, is that it is free from: grain, gluten, soy, potatoes and corn.

Maximus received the salmon and chickpea formula, but there are other flavors available as well.

You can purchase a subscription for your puppy, adult dog or even your senior dog. You can also customize your dog’s subscription based on their weight, health and fitness level.

For a dog Max’s size (11-20 lbs) a subscription is about $20 every two weeks. In each box, you get a customized formula for your dog, a stainless steel scoop, and a surprise toy or treat. Max received a bag of Cloud Star treats and he loves them! There is also an option to choose an add-on that will also come in your box. The add-ons can vary from toys, salmon oil, treats and even poop bags for your pup!

When I received the box I was pleasantly surprised that the two-week bag was the equivalent of the bag of kibble we buy that usually lasts about a month.

If you would like to give Naked Dog Box a try, you can get $10 off your first box (any size) using the code thefaithtofollow10

All-in-all Max and I think this dog food is an excellent option for those pet parents who love premium dog kibble! 🙂

Top Infertility Resources

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend.

Today, I wanted to talk to you about my current favorite infertility resources. It’s so easy to go through infertility feeling like you are the only one, but little do couples know, there are so many great books and other resources to help you throughout this journey.

Here is my list, in no specific order:


The first book, Taking Charge of your Fertility, is the first fertility related book I purchased. It was actually recommended by someone who had also gone through infertility. This book covers all of the basics of what you need to know about your body and fertility. It primarily focuses on the female body, but it does touch on male fertility as well. I would highly recommend this book. The book is a little intimidating at first, but I referenced this book when we first felt there was a problem and have also referenced it two years into our journey.

2. The Bible
This seems a little straight-forward, but I think many Christians who are going through infertility underestimate what they can find in the Bible. There are so many stories about infertility and each one reveals God’s amazing character.


Waiting for God to Fill the Cradle, is available in book and kindle form on Amazon. It is a one-month devotional for couples to read together, although you don’t have to necessarily read it with your spouse. I thought the points in the devotional were so good that I started a journal based on the points given throughout the month of reading. I often reference them for encouragement.


Supernatural Childbirth may be a misleading title for a book on infertility, but it addresses fears and lack of faith when it comes to having troubles conceiving. If you are a Christian who believes in confessing scripture over you and your spouse, then this is the book for you. The nice part of this book is that once you become pregnant, you can keep declaring and confessing scriptures up until your baby is born. I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago and confess and declare all of the scriptures daily, as well as pray the prayer to conceive. It’s a great starting point on infertility for your prayer life.


Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a book written on the author’s testimony of going through infertility. I adore Sara’s writing style. I also purchased this book a couple of weeks ago and am almost finished with it. It is such a good read! She touches not only on her own journey but also common thoughts that we all think when going through infertility.


Barren Among the Fruitful is a great overall book that talks about infertility from a Christian perspective. Amanda, the author shares her story as well as other women’s stories. She also gives great facts about infertility and how to still have a positive, Christ-centered outlook on life.

7. Infertility Encouragement from Sarah’s Laughter
This daily reading plan is available on the YouVersion app. For those of you who are not aware of what YouVersion is, it is an app you can download on your phone where you can read the entire bible as well as sign up for daily reading plans. You can even set reminders so you don’t miss a day. I am currently reading this plan on YouVersion. The best part? It’s free! 🙂

8. Sarah’s Laughter Infertility Podcast
If you aren’t a huge reader, then this is finally the resource for you! 🙂 This is a podcast from the same couple who put together the YouVersion reading plan in the above resource. I also have been listening to their podcasts lately and they’re great!

Do you have any favorite books or podcasts that you listen to? I’d love to hear them!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Birthday Cake

Happy Friday!

I decided to write a blog post today about Max’s birthday cake that I made for his first birthday. I was contemplating baking him something this week and writing a blog post about it, but decided that since I received questions on Facebook about his birthday cake, that I would share the recipe instead of baking something new.

I got the recipe and inspiration for this cake from Katie over at And Everything Sweet. You can see her post with the recipe here.

Katie decorated her pup’s cake with the cutest bow and banner! I’m not sure exactly how she made the bow, and since my baking skills aren’t quite that advanced, I decided to refrain from trying. 🙂

Instead of making a banner I wrote Max’s name with peanut butter instead. I also wasn’t sure what size pan Katie used, so I stuck with a traditional 8 inch round pan. I was going to double up but figured that Max is such a tiny dog and didn’t really need the extra cake, especially since no other pups were in attendance for this party.



To make this cake you will need the following;

1 cup of white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
8 oz non-fat cream cheese for frosting (you will not need the full 8 oz)
*optional: Milk Bones for decoration
*optional: additional 1/2 cup of peanut butter for decoration
Mix the flour and baking soda together. Then mix in all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.
When cake is finished baking and has had time to cool off, frost with cream cheese. Make sure not to go overboard. Although this is a special treat, try not to put too much cream cheese on the cake.
You can take Milk Bones and line the outside of the cake to give it a more finished look.
To write a name on the cake and add more decoration, take a ziplock bag and fill a corner with approx 1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably creamy). Close the bag and cut the corner you filled with peanut butter. Make sure not to cut the hole too small or too big. You will need a hole large enough for the peanut butter to smoothly pass through. If you make the hole too big, it will be harder to write. Once you have cut your hole, squeeze the bag of peanut butter and write your pup’s name and/or make designs. Have fun with it! Your pup won’t judge your artistic abilities, or lack there of. 🙂 If you mess up you could always lightly remove the peanut butter with a paper towel, and use the cream cheese to fill in that spot and re-try!
When you are finished you could slice and serve like you normally would a cake. I would advise this especially if you have other pups who will be eating, or you are serving this to a smaller dog. Max was solo at his party, so I let him dig in at first and then eventually I cut a smaller piece out for him since it was easier for him to eat that way.

I also made Max this handmade hat with craft supplies I had lying around the house. Let me know if you wish to see a post on who I made his hat. 🙂


As always, thanks for visiting and make sure to leave a comment if you have tried this recipe or have a favorite you have tried before!