Don’t Forget to Enter!

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Have you entered our summer giveaway yet? If not, click here. There are only 5 days left!

It’s super easy to enter – just click on the link above and scroll down to the box where you can sign in through Facebook or your email. Then all you have to do is pick how you want to enter!

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Summer Giveaway!

I’ve been so excited to update this blog a little and have been waiting for months to reveal all the changes. I know it might not seem like a lot, but baby steps baby steps. The beautiful new header was designed by Summer Harms. She was so patient with me and perfectly captured what I was looking for.

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To celebrate the blog’s makeover and the arrival of summer, I thought I would do Not of this World’s first giveaway! I put together some of my favorite travel accessories for your family road trip, mission trip plane flight, or just your metro ride across town.

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A good book is a must for any travel and if I could recommend one book besides the Bible, it would be Paperdoll.

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I always bring Vera Bradley with me when I travel and this little case is perfect for tickets, ID, money, and anything else you can stuff in there.

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I tried this lipbalm this past winter and loved its creamy and smooth application. Plus, it’s adorable.

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These cute hairbands* are from Grace’D Embroidery Designs, an online monogram shop run by an MK. You can find out more about the shop in this interview we did with Grace last month.

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Click on the above picture to enter!

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Good luck!

*the hairbands pictured are not the ones the winner will receive. the patterns received will be blue chevron, yellow chevron, and a plain pink one from Grace’s new collection.

Christmas Printables

I often find free printables on Pinterest and blogs, but I either never remember to actually print them  or I just forget them altogether. So I decided to collect all the cute Christmas ones in one place so we can all remember and enjoy them 🙂

These cute Christmas feathers are from Love VS. Design. You can grab them here.

These whimsical gift tags are also from Love VS. Design. Get them here.

This subway art is from eighteen25. They have these signs for almost every occasion! Seriously, birthdays, graduation, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving…get the Christmas one here.

These cute invitations are from A Pair of Pears. Download them here.

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This sign from E Tells Tales is simple, but sweet. Print it here.

These posters are from Landee See, Landee Do. Print them here.

Happy Printing!

Not a Fan

This summer, I went to South Africa on a missions trip. Everyone who went was given the book Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. I am very picky about devotional books and there aren’t very many that I truly love. But this one I really loved. Like really really LOVED. It was funny and convicting and I didn’t want to put it down. If I could, I would send you all a copy so you could read it too. Since I can’t do that, here’s the next best thing: the book is FREE on the kindle until October 9th! 

Here is the description from amazon.com:

If someone asked, ‘Are you a fan of Jesus?’, how would you answer? You attend every movie featuring a certain actor, you know the stats of your sports hero, and can recite each lyric from your favorite band. In short, you’re a huge fan. But are you treating Jesus the same as the other people you admire? The truth is, Jesus wants more than the church attendance, occasional prayer, and the ability to recite Scripture—the fan response. He’s looking for people who are actually willing to sacrifice in order to follow him. In this teen edition of Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman uses humor, personal stories, and biblical truth as he challenges you to look at what it means to call yourself a Christian, and what it means to follow the radical call Jesus presents. So will you be a fan, or a follower?

Get it free here!

Where We Love Is Home

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our heart. -Oliver Wendall Holmes

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I stumbled upon this quote a few months ago and couldn’t get it out of my head. I put it on my calendar so I was reminded of it all month long and I also included it in the July/August issue because I think it perfectly describes how MKs and TCKs feel. If you love it as much I do, I made some separate pdf files of this quote in various colors for your printing pleasure 🙂

Quote in Yellow:Blue:Red:Gray

Quote in Blue

Quote in Green

Quote in Orange/Yellow

Decorating 101

One of the blessings of being a missionary kid (MK) or third culture kid (TCK) is getting to travel a lot. And something that usually goes along with traveling is souvenirs. When I moved back to the US from Europe, I didn’t realize how many small souvenirs I’d picked up along the way. It’s been so much fun using them to decorate so when I look around my room, I’m reminded of all the amazing place I’ve been able to visit.

I imagine most MKs are in a similar boat. If you have lots of souvenirs and need some ideas of what to do with them, read on!

It’s tempting to buy expensive, fancy souvenirs when you’re traveling, but sometimes the best ones are really cheap and you might not even realize they’re souvenirs. Take for example the picture above. Illy is a popular coffee brand in Italy and while we lived there, my dad drank it regularly. Instead of letting him throw away the cans, I’d use them for various things. I kept this one and brought it home to remind me of Italy. It also keeps my pens nice and organized. The other tin used to hold cookies. My dad brought it back with him on a business trip and I decided it was too pretty to throw away once we finished the cookies. It’s great storage and adds some color to my white desk.

Tip #1: Next time someone brings you food from another country or you buy something at the store, save its container. They are great for storage and are a fun way to remember where you have been and/or lived!

Bottles are another great way of decorating with foreign items. Often, depending on where you are visiting, instead of having the soda name in English, soda bottles will have the foreign name. I got the Sprite bottle and Coke bottle in Ethiopia (pictured above) on a missions trip. It’s fun to look up and see the Amharic and remember my trip. Another way to decorate with bottles is to make a heart map bouquet like the one above. Check out the November/December issue to learn how to make one.

Tip #2: Save bottles when you travel and use them for various crafts or just to display!

Tip #3: Whenever you visit a new place, buy a postcard for yourself. Display your postcards on a plate, in a vase, or in frames to remember all of your wonderful trips!

Tip #4: Instead of buying a souvenir, create your own art to remember your favorite places. See the September/October issue to learn how to make your own heart paintings.

“Recycling” souvenirs and finding cheap decorations is easy as long as you keep your eyes open. So on the next trip you take, skip the fancy souvenirs you’ll never really use and look for more common items like bottles, containers, small pieces of pottery, etc.. Sometimes the simpler things make the best decorations.

Happy Decorating!

PS Natalie Lloyd is giving away a copy of her wonderful book, Paperdoll, on her blog. To read a part of her book, check out the October 2010 issue. She’s choosing a winner this Wednesday so hurry and enter!

“The Road” + 100th post giveaway!

Have you ever dreamed of finding a “real” treasure? To dig it out of the dirt and watch it shimmer brightly? Tricia Brock’s (lead singer of the band Superchick) solo worship project, The Road, does just that. It is a beautiful jewel, shining out God’s light. This beautiful and professional, yet humble, album is a well-compiled mixture of old songs, original covers, and new songs. It is exceptional in every way, but what stands out the most are the remarkable and heartfelt vocals. Go get this rare pearl, you won’t be disappointed!

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Since today is the 100th post on this blog (!), we are giving away the song “The Altar” from Tricia Brock’s new album. To enter, leave a comment with the title of your favorite worship song. If you want to enter a second time, share Not of this World with a friend and comment that you did it. This giveaway will be open for one week. Hope you win! 🙂

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Naomi!

Fun Freebie

It’s always fun to find fun freebies, whether it be a book or music and it’s even more fun to share it with others, which is what I’m doing today! In case you don’t already know, Tenth Avenue North is giving away a free song on their website so mosey on over and pick it up. I’m not sure how long it will last!

Recharging Your Passion by CJ Darlington

You might remember CJ from the March issue when she gave some great tips for aspiring writers (if you haven’t already read it, go check it out!). Well, she’s back with some more words of wisdom on the art of writing! Enjoy and be inspired…

It was May 1st. I had a lined notebook and my favorite pen. One little story idea was all that I knew, but I started writing what was to become my first novel. My main character was to be a real estate agent. Her sister lived on a farm. And I wondered if the sister on the farm was to share Jesus with the other.

That’s it. No outlines. No plot summaries. Nothing. Of course, the story changed dramatically over the years, but the gist remained the same, interestingly enough. (And the book later became my first published novel.)

I still have that notebook and occasionally go back and shudder at my teenage writings. See, I knew nothing about writing a novel. My only experience was the many books I’d read. But you know what? That was a good thing. I didn’t come into it with any pre-conceived notions. I just wrote.

And this is something I need to remember. I wrote because I loved it. As time went on and I learned more, it didn’t come as easily to me. Words were harder to pull from my mind. But there’s something beautiful about those first attempts. I believe fiction writers need to write, first of all, for themselves, and THEN think about their audience. Because if you’re not interesting yourself with your story . . . then honey, you’re going to have trouble finishing that novel.

Maybe you’re stuck right now in your writing. Or maybe you’re not a writer at all, and you feel like your life is just stalled. May I suggest going back to the basics and remembering what used to excite you? Perhaps it’s something that still can. Did you always want to write a fantasy novel but got side-tracked on the latest fiction fad? Have you always wanted to travel to Alaska but let life drag you down? It’s never too late to live your dreams. Sometimes it might take time to reach them, but start today by taking a step in the right direction.

Taken with permission from The Scribble Chicks. Learn more about CJ on her website and get her first novel for FREE on the kindle for a limited time.