The CSB Study Bible for Women

I received this bible to review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

My love of bibles is well documented. I own many, but never too many that I couldn’t welcome one more. One more made it on to my shelves recently and I’m excited to tell you all about it!

When I took the StrengthsFinder test, two of my top five strengths were “Learner” and “Input.” That basically means I like to study, research, and try to know as much as I can about things which interest me. The CSB Study Bible for Women is a dream for a woman with my strengths!

This beautiful new bible from B&H Publishing is lovely to look at, but what draws me in are the features which help me dive deeper into God’s Word! It is the most comprehensive study bible compiled BY women FOR women that I’ve ever seen!

My favorite thing in a study bible is commentary notes at the bottom of each page and The CSB Study Bible for Women has plenty of these! The notes include everything from historical and cultural context to word meaning and much more.

In addition to the commentary notes, I love all of the extra sections and notes! Throughout this bible you will find notes on word study, doctrine, biblical womanhood, character profiles, and practical application. I also greatly appreciate the in-depth introductions to each book of the bible, including the author, historical context, and why it is particularly relevant to women.

The colors throughout the bible are also very appealing, from the book introduction pages to these helpful maps. The CSB Study Bible for Women is as beautiful as it is informative.

I would love for you to win your very own copy of The CSB Study Bible for Women! Enter at this link to win one of SEVEN bibles being given away!

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Chips. Salsa. Repeat.

I received this shirt from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

If I had my way, this would be my life motto at all times.

Chips. Salsa. Repeat. That’s usually what happens when I have a bag of chips and my very favorite salsa in the house. My taste in salsa has evolved over the years, from eating the mildest, least chunky salsa around to now enjoying a fabulous locally made salsa with a good kick. Corn salsa, mango salsa, pineapple salsa – I’ll take them all now! Give me the right salsa and I could eat a whole bag of tortilla chips in one sitting. True story.

There are just two problems with that scenario…

#1 – Chips have calories. I know. It stinks. In my perfect world, tortilla chips would have zero calories and eating a whole bag at a time would be the norm. Doesn’t that sound lovely? A girl can dream…

#2 – Salsa doesn’t bother my stomach on a normal day, but if I keep up this chips + salsa + repeat formula for too many days in a row, it can mess with stomach for running. It does NOT go well for me. That means I can’t live the chips and salsa life too extravagantly during training seasons.

Sorry. That was all kind of downer, but do you want to know the good news? I’m not currently training for a race, so I’m going to wear this shirt, eat my favorite snack, and enjoy every second because Chips Salsa Repeat is life.

The other good news…

This fabulous shirt is on sale! The whole TACO line from Cents of Style is 40% off with the code TACOLOVE through the end of May! Check out these other super cute designs…

Remember to use the code TACOLOVE for 40% off AND free shipping on these super fun shirts through the rest of May!

How do you like your salsa? Mild, hot, fruity, chunky, blended?

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5 Ways to Chase Away Post-Marathon Blues

I am currently less than two weeks out from my last marathon and I am still processing what I consider a total disaster of a race. The weather was much warmer than anything I had trained in and, by 10 miles into the race, I knew it was going to be a rough day. It’s not fun to know you still have 16 miles left when you’re already feeling hot and tired, but I did a lot of walking and finished that dang race, much slower than any of my previous marathons.

I should tell you this wasn’t my spring goal race. That doesn’t make an awful race day hurt any less. I knew I was fitter and faster than I had ever been, so had the notion in my head to just go for it on race day. When it all fell apart in spectacular fashion, disappointment set in.

Post-marathon blues are a real thing. It can happen even after a good race. There is a letdown that happens when you’ve been training for something for so long and then it is just…over. When it’s over and it didn’t go well, the blues hit even harder. These past two weeks have been a process and I’ve found several things to help me deal with the feelings and come out stronger on the other side of all this.

Accept the bad race and have a good cry

I am a classic Enneagram 7 in that I run away from bad feelings as fast as I can. This often looks like sugarcoating a bad experience and never really dealing with the disappointment, anger, sadness, etc. until they blow up on me. Not a great idea. The Monday after my last marathon, I was crabby all day, snapping at my kids and just feeling bleh about everything. When my husband got home from work, he could tell I was not doing well, so he took over making dinner and I went upstairs to our room for some quiet. And I cried. I didn’t even know I needed to cry, but as soon as I laid down on our bed, the tears just started flowing and I needed that so badly. Even a half hour later, I was feeling so much better because I was able to accept the awfulness of my marathon and let out all the emotions related to that disappointment. Cry, scream, punch a pillow – just let it out.

Talk or write about the race

You may not want to relive your bad race experience, but talking about it with a friend or coach OR writing about it in a running journal or on a blog can be very healing. I’ve often been surprised what has come to mind when I start verbally processing a race – things that I didn’t recognize were affecting me, moments I could have tried something different, blessings in disguise, and so on. Not only can it be healing, but it can also be a learning experience. For this race, I needed to talk it out to realize how much the worry about the weather ahead of the race negatively affected my mindset going into the race. I also remembered so many good things that happened during the race when I was relaying the events to a friend. My two main goals after a rough marathon are to heal and to learn. Both of these happen for me when I find a way to put the experience into words.

Look at what you DID accomplish along the way

As important as it is to accept and mourn a bad race, it is equally important to celebrate the growth and accomplishments you achieved throughout your training. My marathoner husband/coach and I both keep training journals for this very reason. After this last marathon, I was able to look back through my workouts and see so much growth in my paces and strength. The heat of race day dampened those gains I had made, but it doesn’t mean they’re gone forever! No matter how terrible your marathon went, you grew through the training and that should be recognized. For me, on the way to this marathon, I set new PRs in both the 10-mile and half marathon. I ran in crazy weather conditions. I tackled more elevation than ever. These are not small things and they will serve me well moving forward. Find those things from your months of training and celebrate them!

Get moving in a fun way


I had to do it. You’re welcome. Seriously, we need LOTS of rest after a marathon. Recovery is not something to be messed with. But after a few days, when the post-marathon blues are really setting in, I just need to get moving in some way to snap out of it. I’M NOT TELLING YOU TO GO FOR A RUN. Swimming, walking with a friend, demolishing a punching bag – moving in a fun way can really help your mood! This time around, I chose a few different things:

  • Netflix + Treadmill walk while starting a new series (The Crown, if you were wondering. Totally hooked.)
  • Upper body strength training – I’ve seriously neglected my arms. Time they did some work!
  • Kitchen dance party – I turned on Moana “for the kids” and proceeded to dance + sing around the kitchen while making dinner. Best mood lifter ever.

Choose a fun way to get those endorphins flowing. They make you happy. Elle Woods said it, so it must be true.

Make a new plan

As I’ve said before, don’t rush back into running after a hard race. That doesn’t mean you can’t start making a plan for what’s next. (Any other West Wing fans out there?!) I like to wait until a week or so post-race before I start making new plans to avoid rash decisions. Last week, I didn’t even think about my fall marathon or what I’m doing this summer. This week, I was ready to move on and the planning began. I had a good chat with my coach about goals for my fall marathon. I laid out my health-related goals for the summer before marathon training begins. I thought more about nutrition and strength training. I feel like this was an important next step in healing from race letdown. Because of this step, I can view that bad marathon as stepping stone leading me to something better.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Never have I felt this more deeply than in running. We get knocked over, we flame out in a race, we miss that PR, we get injured…but we don’t give up. We process, we heal, and we move forward smarter and stronger than before. It’s what runners do.

How do you deal with the post-marathon blues?

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The No-Fuss Summer Statement Dress

I am an Aventura Clothing ambassador and received these items to review. Use the code ERINM20 to get 20% off your first Aventura purchase!

So, here’s the deal. When the temperature rises outside, I’m not so big on accessorizing. I will do WHATEVER it takes to not melt in the heat and that includes simplifying my outfits as much as possible. I have two priorities when it comes to my summer wardrobe choices:

  1. It must keep me cool.
  2. It must be comfortable.

Ok, so I want it to look good, too, but the other two requirements definitely come first. I often even ditch necklaces when the sun is beating down!

My desire for simple summer outfits often results in me grabbing a lightweight dress. This summer, I have a new favorite that checks all of the boxes above AND makes a statement all by itself!

Meet the Topanga Dress from Aventura Clothing…

Let’s talk about the name first. Any other Boy Meets World fans/groupies out there like me?! Oh my word – love that show SO much, so the Topanga Dress just called out to me immediately! You’ll also notice I ordered the one with green stripes. Did you expect anything else from this queen of green?! For the record: it also comes with coral, black, or blue stripes!

The Topanga Dress has all the features a woman loves in a dress: flattering design with cap sleeves, super comfortable organic cotton fabric, and POCKETS! My husband is so tired of hearing about my love of pockets in dresses, but I won’t stop saying it – DRESSES WITH POCKETS ARE THE BEST! For that super summer look, I paired it with my go-to leather sandals, gold aviators, and this fabulous packable Uma Sun Hat, also from Aventura! Wouldn’t this work well as a swimsuit cover, too?

I really love the versatility of the Topanga Dress. I had planned to wear it for Easter with some cute tan wedge sandals, but the weather did not cooperate. Since I was really set on wearing this cheerful dress, I just layered it with a denim jacket, leggings, and flats to keep myself warm! I loved the denim jacket look so much and I know I’ll be wearing it like this on cool summer nights often!

There are so many fabulous ways to wear the Topanga Dress! I’m teaming up with some fellow Aventura Clothing ambassadors to share our favorite ways to wear it! Check out their styles and posts below:

“I love to work within my closet to create many unique looks out of just a few pieces. Since I had just worn the Topanga dress for my 5×5 challenge, I decided to add a little twist to this classic. A simple knot can change the length and shape of any dress. It also adds a little casual sass to a simple dress.” -Jamie from Mommy in Flats

“The thing I love most about the Topanga Dress, is how versatile it is. Not only can I mix it with so many pieces in my current closet, but it works just as well with a baby bump as it does without! Paired with comfy sneakers, a denim vest (or jacket!) and my favorite baseball cap is the perfect weekend look for this expecting mama.” -Kristin from Taz + Belly

“This cute dress is perfect for throwing on with tennis shoes for running errands or you could dress it up with wedge sandals for a date night!” -Mary from Real Girls Realm

“The Topanga dress is a striped spring classic from Aventura Clothing. It’s easy to layer for the cold spring weather that everyone seems to be having. A denim vest paired with beige ankle boots make this an easy spring look that anyone can wear!” -Ruth from My Little Nest

“Stripes, pockets, lightweight material…sold! Adding this dress to my closet was the best fashion decision I’ve made for the spring so far!” -Shannon from The Simple Moms

Don’t you just love all the different ways the Topanga Dress can be styled?! Go grab one for yourself and use the code ERINM20 to get 20% off your first Aventura Clothing order!

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Welcoming Spring with Sweet P & Fi!

I received these items to review from Sweet P & Fi. 

The sun is shining and I just want to sit outside and soak it all in…until it starts raining or snowing again!

Yes, that is life here in Nebraska! While it still might snow on Easter, it is technically spring and I’m glad to have some days where I don’t have to wear a coat.

This is the perfect time of year to pull out all the lightweight long sleeve shirts, distressed jeans, and slip-on shoes that went into hiding during the bitter cold winter. If you’re needing to add to your spring wardrobe in these areas, let me point you towards Sweet P & Fi

You already know how much I love this online boutique, but Molly, the amazing owner, has been working hard to make it even better for us customers. As always, the pieces she carries are fabulous and the prices are even better, and now the variety is growing!

Sweet P & Fi is one of my favorite places to buy jeans. This pair of Just Black denim hits four important points on my jeans-buying checklist: high-waisted, distressed, comfortable, and affordable! I love the extra detail of the frayed bottom, which could also be cuffed or rolled to go well with booties.

This polka dot hoodie is the perfect weight for this spring day and hello, POLKA DOTS! Did I also mention it’s a tunic? Yay for covering my bum! Texture is really important to me with clothing and this top is SO soft. The leather drawstrings are a fun touch, too!

As a runner, I’m super excited to tell you Sweet P & Fi is now offering fantastic workout clothes!

This top is my fave because I say this ALL THE TIME. It’s great for working out or for wearing the day after a long run to tell everyone exactly how I’m feeling! Over at Sweet P & Fi, you’ll also find more tanks, great leggings, sports bras, and more. Whether you’re into yoga, lifting, spin, or just athleisure, I think you’ll love these newer items!

Here’s the best news of the day: I have a discount for you! Use the code HWTB30 to get 30% off your Sweet P & Fi order this week!

What will you be adding to your cart during this sale?

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The She Reads Truth Bible

I was given this Bible to review for B&H Publishing by FrontGate Media. While I was given the Bible for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

I’ve been a She Reads Truth fan since the very beginning. The combination of biblical truth, meaningful devotions, and community were exactly what I was looking for to guide my daily time in the Word. Their printed studies were always so beautiful, especially for Advent, so I was thrilled when I heard they were putting together a She Reads Truth Bible!

The She Reads Truth Bible is all about those same things that drew me to She Reads Truth in the first place: beauty, goodness, and Truth. This Christian Standard Bible translation is available in this gorgeous poppy linen, as well as gray linen, hardcover, and several leather options.

You’ll find the She Reads Truth Bible packed full of features, including almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking. WOW. It truly is amazing and inspiring! Take a look inside:

I’m a big fan of charts, study materials, and reading plans, so this bible is right up my alley, but I’m equally in love with the gorgeous artwork and thoughtful devotions. Basically, the She Reads Truth Bible has it all!

I’d love to give each and everyone of you a She Reads Truth Bible, but since that’s not possible, I have two great options for you:

  1. Enter to win one of seven copies of the She Reads Truth Bible being given away here! Winners will be selected December 10, 2017, so get your entry in now!
  2. Buy your very own copy on Amazon! The linen versions are an amazing deal!

What features do you love in a bible? What do you think you’d like most about the She Reads Truth Bible?

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Monster Moto Mini Bike Mania!

I received this product to review from MonsterMoto. This post contains affiliate links.

I’m going to be honest: When I started this blog, I never, ever thought I would be writing a post about mini bikes. Here I am, nine years later, writing a post about mini bikes! First, a little backstory…

For the longest time, my boys had little to no interest in riding bikes. As much as we wanted them to learn how to ride, they just didn’t want to, so our efforts were in vain. We let it go and let them enjoy other outdoor activities of their choice.

Then one day, our oldest just decided to teach himself. All those years of pulling our hair out trying to get him on that bike and in just a couple days, he was joyfully riding all on his own! He was incredibly proud of himself and now enjoys riding with his friends or down to get the mail.

Imagine his surprise when he came home from school one day and saw the box for a MonsterMoto electric mini bike sitting on our porch! I scored some MAJOR boy mom points with this one!

The timing had worked out so perfectly with him becoming comfortable and confident on a regular bike, but I still had some nerves about letting him try a mini bike. Thankfully, MonsterMoto is all about a safe experience and my husband is much braver than I, so he finished the assembly of the bike, charged it up, and took Big J out over Thanksgiving to teach him how to ride. It didn’t take long at all for him to get the hang of it!

A couple of important notes:

I took pictures of Big J learning to ride on the sidewalk in our neighborhood. MonsterMoto mini bikes are meant to be driven off-road and NOT on the street. We do not plan on having our children ride these on the neighborhood sidewalks on a regular basis, but because of our busy schedule, this was the best we could do right now! We made sure there were no other children on the sidewalks and he was supervised the entire time. Now that he knows how to ride, we can’t wait to find the time and the perfect open space for him to ride more!

Helmets are a MUST for any kind of bike riding. Big J is wearing his bike helmet in these pictures as that is what we currently have, but for further use, we will be purchasing a dirt bike helmet such as this one.

Now, for the fun part…

As I mentioned before, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for Big J to learn how to ride the MonsterMoto E1000! He was able to maintain balance well (large, comfortable seat and sturdy construction) and learned to control his speed with no trouble.

Turning and stopping required a little bit of a learning curve (and one small mishap), but he figured out how to make turns slowly and carefully and mastered the hand brake. By the end of the day, he was confidently riding and loving every minute!

MonsterMoto places a priority on high quality and affordability in their line of mini bikes and go-karts for young riders. Between their gas-powered mini bikes, go-kart, and electric mini bikes, MonsterMoto has high-powered fun for everyone! I love this electric mini bike because we can just plug it in and get a full charge in six hours or less! A full charge is good for at least an hour of steady riding.

When making a big purchase such as an electric mini bike, it helps to know about the customer service and warranty available. I purchased our Monster Moto E1000 from Amazon (with free 4-5 day Prime shipping!), so I wondered about these very things. Well, I’m happy to report all Monster Moto products have a 90-day warranty, customer service is available seven days a week, AND there are over 600 maintenance/service centers across the United States who can work on Monster Moto products!

If you’re looking to add some fun, safe adventure to your kids’ lives, Monster Moto has the perfect thing for you! We’re looking forward to all three boys enjoying this electric mini bike for years to come!

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Little Splashes of Color: Whimsical Art for Kids

I received these items to review from Little Splashes of Color.

The art that goes up in our home is very carefully picked for two reasons:

  1. We want the pieces we put on our walls to mean something to us.
  2. I am very indecisive, due in part to some perfectionism.

We have Scripture art and family pictures. National park posters and Green Bay Packers adorn the walls in one boy’s room. A professional photo of the Cornhusker Marching Band (from our days in the band) hangs in our basement.

I recently discovered a local artist who makes the sweetest artwork for children and I knew our boys would each find something meaningful to them in the collection!

Little Splashes of Color features the beautiful, whimsical work of Kathy Jurek. From construction vehicles to mermaids and everything in between, Kathy has captured all the magical loves of childhood in her watercolors. My boys had such a hard time picking out their favorite because they loved so many, but here are their selections!

Double J (5) changes what he wants to be when he grows up every week, but firefighter usually remains somewhere on the list. My grandfather and uncle were both volunteer firemen, so I love that he chose this red fire truck to hang in his room!

Little J (9) has wanted to be a veterinarian since before he could pronounce it correctly! He loves animals of all kinds, but I know he was thinking of our trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. earlier this year when he chose this adorable panda painting!

As the oldest boy, I was worried Big J (11) may have outgrown some of the artwork on the site, but he saw this plane and instantly claimed it. He has big plans for including flying in his future! This plane design came in blue, but Big J loves green (like his mama) and asked if she could customize it for him. It turned out just as he wanted!

I was able to choose my favorite, too…

I am a sucker for cute alphabet prints and these animals are C-U-T-E. I think I’ll keep it to myself in my office!

A beautiful piece of art from Little Splashes of Color would make a wonderful gift this holiday season! For the next two weeks, you can get 20% off your order with the code HOMEWITHTHEBOYS at checkout!

Take a look around Little Splashes of Color and tell me your favorite pieces!

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3 Fall Looks to Love from Aventura

I am an Aventura Clothing ambassador and received this clothing to review.

When I became an Aventura Clothing ambassador earlier this year, I knew they had some great basic pieces for living an active lifestyle. Over this past year, I have learned that Aventura is so much more than just an outdoor company and I have fallen in love with their clothing! They were one of the first companies I had ever heard of committed to making clothing with a low environmental impact. Eco-friendly, sustainable, comfortable, AND fashionable – what’s not to love?!

Aventura really can be worn for any occasion, especially as we layer up for fall here in the Midwest! You know it’s my favorite time of year, right? Long sleeves, vests, pants, boots…those are my jam. Nothing beats fall fashion. Today, I’m featuring three fall looks I love for different parts of your autumn day!

Every Day Adventure

I knew I would love the Simone Vest the moment I saw that gorgeous smoke pine green color! It matches my Packers gear perfectly! I also love that is warm without being too bulky.

The vest is just the right piece to layer over the Crosby Top (OH SO COMFORTABLE) and pair with the Tara Pant! Really, this top and these pants are capsule wardrobe-worthy pieces because they are great starters for any outfit. As you can see, I’ll be wearing this to cheer on my favorite team, but could also go on a hike or volunteer at the boys’ school in it, as well!

Going Out

You can still wear your favorite little black (or grey) dress into the fall, especially when you have a great sweater to layer over it! The Bethel Cardi is cozy and classy – wear it with a dress and boots or jeans and slip-ons. It also comes in two other colors if you’re looking for more earthy tones!

Staying In

On Friday nights, we make homemade pizza and stay in for the night as a family to watch movies and snuggle. I will be spending every Friday night (and other nights, too) in the Luna Jogger from now on!

Lightweight, but warm and cozy, not too short or tight – these are the joggers I have been looking for! I think you will find yourself living in them, too!

I have lots more Aventura Clothing goodness to share this fall and winter, so I think now is a good time to mention the discount codes I have to give out to YOU! Who wants 60% off one Aventura order up to $250?! Just email me at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com and I’ll get a code sent your way!

A little extra fun: I’m joining three other Aventura ambassadors to talk about our favorite fall pieces today!

Visit my beautiful friends here:

Which fall outfit would you wear?

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A Grateful Heart + A Free Tee!

I received this shirt to review from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

There is a spirit in the air that only comes around each November. We can see and feel it on social media, in communities, in homes. When we enter the month of Thanksgiving, a spirit of gratitude magically appears and I find it one of the happiest times of the year to interact with people!

All you have to do is log on to Facebook to see daily posts giving thanks for family, friends, food, and more. Social media platforms that are commonly used for complaining and criticizing are transformed by hearts full of gratitude. Yes, I love this time of year, but I also wish our hearts were this focused on thanksgiving year round.

A grateful heart can change so many things. I’ve looked at the act of giving thanks so differently since being inspired by Ann Voskamp’s counting of 1000 gifts. Looking for the gifts all round us each and every day positively impacts our attitude, family, friends, work, minsitry, and so on.

Friends, let’s carry our grateful hearts with us past Thanksgiving this year. I have just the shirt to keep gratitude fresh in your mind all year round!

Cents of Style has the best graphic tees around and that is true once again with their Grateful heart tee!

This classic fit tee with a message of gratitude comes in three colors and fits true to size (I wear a size small).

Did I mention you can get this tee FREE this weekend?!

The Grateful Heart shirt in the color of your choice is yours FREE with ANY $29.95 purchase, + FREE SHIPPING! Just use the code FREETEE after you have items totaling over $29.95 in your cart! Anything on the Cents of Style site is fair game – any purchase that totals $29.95 qualifies for the free t-shirt!

Here are steps for purchase:
1- Find products you love (jewelry, clothes, shoes, whatever you have to have) and add it to your cart.
2- When the cart totals $29.95, add the Grateful Heart shirt from our Fashion Friday to the cart.
3- Hit Checkout.
4- Put the code FREETEE in the “Gift Card or Discount Code” Box to make your t-shirt FREE!

If you’re looking for items to fill your cart, these hilarious food tees are perfect for Thanksgiving lounging!

I have to admit I just went over to Cents of Style to look around and there are SO many new things to love – you’ll have no trouble hitting that $29.95 mark to get your free tee! Happy shopping!

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