Dancing in the Kitchen {Episode #10 Penny Pincher Fashion Blogger}

By May 22, 2017 Dancing in the Kitchen

You are going to LOVE this dance break!

 

Annie Leigh is dancing it out with Kimberly Smith…the Penny Pincher Fashion Blogger!

 

Kimberly is a wife, mom of two & full-time fashion blogger living in upstate NY.  She started Penny Pincher Fashion because of her passion to help other women look & feel their best.

 

On her blog, she shares her personal style tips, hair & beauty tutorials & affordable fashion finds.

 

She has worked with brands like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy & Target and has been featured in InStyle ,Allure & Redbook Magazine.  

 

(She is in Allure Magazine’s inner circle…so she is kind of big deal!)

 

She was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago & has worked with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation as a spokesperson to help raise awareness for the disease & educate others who are suffering from it on how best to care for themselves & manage their illness.

 

Here are just a few highlights from today’s episode:

-Cellulite and Grandma Legs

-Summer Strong Accountability Group

-Behind the scenes of an American Idol contestant

-Life changing ZUMBA classes

-Lupus Awareness Month

-Living with an autoimmune disease

-Facial Tattoo…yes or no?

-Annie Leigh’s most embarrassing moment as a podcaster and why she hates her cat, Kitty Cash.

Links from today’s show:

pennypincherfashion.com

Kimberly’s IG

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Finding Joy and Peace in the Midst of Infertility

By April 27, 2017 Adoption, infertility, National Infertility Awareness Week

Finding Joy and Peace in the Midst of Infertility

Guest Post by Kelly Todd

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.
According to the CDC 15% of couples struggle to build a family. When I was a teenager I discovered that I would more than likely be one of these statistics. An emergency appendectomy at 15 revealed that my previous cancer surgeries as an infant had diminished my ability to carry a child. Even though I was devastated with the news, I wasn’t hopeless. I knew that we serve a God who is bigger than a doctor’s diagnosis. As I was sitting there in the hospital bed looking out the window, adoption came to mind. I didn’t know how and I didn’t know when, but I knew one day that adoption would be a part of my story. 
Obbie and I were married in the summer of 2012.
We began trying to conceive shortly after he put the wedding band on my finger. Even though we knew our chances of conceiving were nearly impossible, we were confident that if God wanted to heal my body He could. We had vividly seen His miraculous power at work in my life many times before, as He healed me of cancer multiple times, open-heart surgery and other illnesses. Our faith, hope and trust in the Lord kept moving us forward through every negative pregnancy test. But not without tears. And sometimes not without doubt, bitterness and anger. With every negative pregnancy test, it became confusing and frustrating why God would place a desire in our hearts to parent. When many of our friends were getting pregnant “without even trying” it became increasingly harder to trust His plan for growing our family. But that’s what we did. We cried together. We prayed together. We extended kindness, patience and grace towards each other. And we continued loving one another through the darkest storms. And then we got pregnant.
I carried our sweet baby for only a short time on this earth.
I remember the pain of walking out of the bathroom into my husband’s arms as I delivered to him what felt like a death sentence. I was so confused and angry at God because I didn’t understand why He would allow me to pregnant if we weren’t going to get to keep our baby. I spent hours in bed drenching my pillows in tears and Obbie held me. Sometimes we would lay there for hours without one word spoken. What could be said? No words could heal the brokenness and sadness that were suffocating our heart. No words could bring our baby back. And in that moment no words could help make sense of the pain.
There was a darkness in our home.
And if I can be honest it I felt like a storm was brewing deep within my heart. I hadn’t realized it, but with each negative pregnancy test I had allowed lies from the enemy to creep into the crevices of my heart and mind, penetrating my thoughts about God, myself and our marriage. “You are less of a woman because you can’t get pregnant, Kelly. You aren’t complete because you can’t conceive. You will never be a mother. You will never be able to give your husband a child.”
However, God brought us through the storm. It wasn’t an easy journey, but we grieved together and kept talking to God and others about our loss. We realized our loss is never something we will “get over”, but it is something the Lord has faithfully brought us through. Even though I may never be able to conceive, the Lord has brought our hearts to a place of peace and acceptance. I recognize that this is not of our own doing; this is a gift from the Lord. I remember when I was younger dealing with medical complications associated with having cancer as a baby. I would pray every day that God would heal my body so that I could be “normal” like all the other kids. And He did. He just did it in a different way than I expected. You see, he healed my heart to be at peace with my circumstances. And He did the same with our infertility. He healed our hearts to be at peace with our circumstances. And for that, He gets all the glory. We felt so much hopelessness in our infertility and so much hope throughout our adoption journey. I’m not implying that adoption is easy, as any one who has adopted will tell you that adoption is not for the faint of heart. But God was faithful just as He has always been and provided exactly what we needed in His perfect timing.
When I look into our children’s beautiful brown eyes, my heart is filled with gratitude.
Not a day goes by where the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” isn’t sung over my children. And I hold tight to the truths that come across my lips as I sing that song. I pray my children will love that hymn as much I do. And I pray they will see the Lord’s faithfulness in their own journey as I have. As I write this, the twins are eating lunch in their high chairs giggling and laughing at each other. I know that had we not gone through what we went through we wouldn’t have our sweet little ones. And I can’t imagine our family without them, nor would I want to.
When I was drowning in my circumstances I couldn’t imagine the joy that I feel in my heart today.
I could never imagine what a life of freedom from the bondage and lies that tormented and crippled my heart  because of my infertility. But God was faithful. God had not forgotten us. Even through the pain and tears of every negative pregnancy test, He was right there holding our hand. If I could have only seen the beautiful plans that would unfold for our family, perhaps that would have made it easier to trust; then again that would require little faith. And I think we would have missed out on growing closer to God and each other.
I can’t promise you that your journey will be easy.
I can’t promise you that your life will unfold like you imagine. I can’t promise you that one day you will get pregnant. But, I can with full assurance tell you that we serve a good and faithful Father who loves you more than you could possibly comprehend. And I can without hesitation tell you that as you are walking through the valleys, Christ will be the One who sustains you. When you become overwhelmed by your momentary circumstances don’t look around you for answers, look up and fix your eyes on Christ the author and perfecter of your faith.
To the women struggling with infertility, you are not defined by your inability to conceive.
You are not less of a woman. You are not incomplete. You are made whole through the precious blood that Christ shed for you on the cross. And nothing and no one will ever be able to take His place in your heart. Cling to that truth and hold fast to His promises.

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Dancing in the Kitchen {Episode #8: Gloria Furman}

By April 25, 2017 Dancing in the Kitchen

Today we are “breaking it down” with author, Gloria Furman.

Gloria is a pastor’s wife, mom of four, cross-cultural worker, and an author of several books including: Missional Motherhood, Glimpses of Grace, and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full.

Here are a few of the things we talked about and links from the show:

-Big News for Dancing in the Kitchen!!!

-Life in Dubai

-The Mom Life

-Air-conditioned beaches

-Gas station art (it’s a thing!)

-Walking worthy

-What to do with Bible verses that you just don’t get

-80’s Hair Bands

Links:

Alive in Him by Gloria Furman http://amzn.to/2pWUJeW

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full http://amzn.to/2pdmLVx

Being There by Dave Furmanhttp://amzn.to/2oYu4Qn

Nancy Guthrie http://amzn.to/2psAGYG

Red Sea Road by Ellie Holcomb http://amzn.to/2psPrL1

Follow Gloria:

http://Gloriafurman.com

Instagram: http://@gloriafurman

Follow Annie Leigh:

http://www.annieleigh.com

 

 

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Dancing in the Kitchen #8 ft. Janna Woodfall {Community and Connection}

By April 18, 2017 Dancing in the Kitchen

 

 

New Episode of Dancing in the Kitchen with Annie Leigh!!!

Today…Janna Woodfall is Dancing in the Kitchen and you do not want to miss it!

Janna loves Jesus.

She is a wife, homeschool mama to four boys, art teacher and enjoys working on the farm with her family and adventures in the great outdoors.

Here are just a few of the things Janna and Annie Leigh discuss:

-Life as an adventure

-The “Boy Mom” Life

-Chore Chart problems and solutions

-The Great Chicken Massacre of 2015

-How to use fear correctly

-What is the antidote for worry, anxiety, and stress?

Click Here to listen:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-7-janna-woodfall/id1211410688?i=1000384486321&mt=2

Here are the links from today’s episode:

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines  http://amzn.to/2nVmLd6

The Voice of the Heart:  A Call To Full Living  by Chip Dodd  http://amzn.to/2oEupWI

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves  http://amzn.to/2pqU73M

The Boy’s Body Book:  Third Edition by Kelli Dunham  http://amzn.to/2oilDg7

Follow Janna here:  https://www.instagram.com/mamajanna/

Follow Annie Leigh here:  https://www.instagram.com/annieleighedwards/

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Ep 6: Let’s Talk About Sex {Enjoying Intimacy With Your Husband}

By April 12, 2017 Biblical Womanhood, Marriage, Sex, Sexuality

Dancing in the Kitchen with Annie Leigh has a new episode on iTunes!

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 Click Here to listen!

Do you look forward to sexual intimacy or does it seem like a chore?

Are you curious how to spice up your love life?

In today’s episode, Annie Leigh talks about the importance of sexual intimacy in marriage.

Annie Leigh shares exciting news, her thoughts about turning 34, and why sex isn’t just for the men.

Also…Annie Leigh shares some exciting new about up-and-coming guest for the show!

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Maximize Your Day {and Your Happiness!}

By April 3, 2017 Dancing in the Kitchen, podcast

NEW EPISODE AVAILABLE TODAY!!!!

Maximize Your Day (and Your Happiness)!

Are you sick and tired of scrolling through social media but unable to kick the addiction?

Do you have a love hate relationship with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat…etc?

Are you longing for contentment, focus, productivity, creativity and most importantly, to live life in such a way that you connect to those around you? If so, it may be time to disconnect and take a digital detox. It is not as scary as it sounds!

In today’s episode, Annie Leigh shares about her toxic relationship with the Smartphone and how to set boundaries with your “boo” (AKA The Smartphone).

Let’s loosen the grip on our devices and free our hands to reach out to those we love! Click Here to listen!

If you love Dancing in the Kitchen…don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!

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Not-So-Fresh & Not-So-Clean {Trusting God When The Waters Rise}

By March 29, 2017 Uncategorized

Episode #4 of Dancing in the Kitchen with Annie Leigh is available on iTunes!  You do not want to miss this!

In Today’s episode, we talked about the messiness of life and Gods goodness through it all!

Kelly Todd is a pastor’s wife, mom of twins, adoption consultant assistant, cancer survivor and my little sis!

HUGE FAVOR to ask…would you pretty please with cherries on top…leave a review on iTunes?!?

(This helps other women find our podcast and dance parties are better with more friends!)

Click Here  and we are going to Dance It Out!

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Walk Lighter: 3 Misconceptions About Life That Weigh Us Down

By March 21, 2017 Fullness, Gospel Living, Vulnerability, Wholehearted Living

Come on over to iTunes and bust some moves!

Episode #3 of Dancing in the Kitchen with Annie Leigh is available!

Are you feeling disappointed, discouraged or just “Meh?”

In today’s episode, Annie Leigh, explains 3 common misconceptions about life that weigh us down.

If you have a pulse, you have most likely experienced what it is to lose heart.

How many mornings have we hit the snooze button on the alarm clock not wanting to start another day because we feel the weight of all of our failures from the day before taunting us- holding us down-scared to mess it up all over again.

We can’t seem to measure up. Life isn’t measuring up to our expectations.

Find the motivation to live with CONFIDENCE…in the middle of the mess!

 

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Dancing in the Kitchen: A podcast for women who want to live from the inside-out.

By March 6, 2017 Uncategorized

TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!!!

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It is the launch of my very first podcast…Dancing in the Kitchen (with Annie Leigh)! ????????

I love connecting with likeminded women over social media and wanted to invite YOU to be a part of something new and exciting!

Do you have a love for Jesus and want others to know about the freedom that comes from following Christ?

Do you want a weekly reminder of God’s love for you and His plan for your life?

As a pastor’s wife, mom of three, blogger, business owner, and most importantly a grace dweller – I have a huge passion to help women live the inside-out life.

I am looking for women to join a launch team for a new podcast called Dancing in the Kitchen!

Three years ago, I began to pray through the idea of podcasting. After a while, I stopped praying because it freaked me out so badly. Last week, I decided to stop wrestling with the Lord (and my inner perfectionist) and recorded the first episode.

I want to share it with YOU!

Here is a short description of the show:

In this kitchen, we will dance it out until we find our groove!

This podcast will be like a dance party with good friends. All the pressure is off. Wherever life finds you – whether it’s wiping booties or writing books, folding laundry or commuting, when you are feeling it (and especially when you are not) this podcast is for you. We will find a reason to dance in the messiest of kitchens.

Each episode will equip us to focus on what matters most and live with intentionality, resolve, and confidence. We will discover that true joy and the power to change comes from living inside-out. We will learn to be content in our current season of life, all while dreaming big for the glory of God.

You will meet my friends and hear their stories of adventure, faith, and failing forward.

Here’s how you can be involved in the LAUNCH TEAM:

1.) Go and listen. Click Here.

2.) Give a review on ITunes. Good or bad, I will take it (just don’t cuss me). The “reviews” are crucial because the more reviews a show gets, the more ITunes will promote it to a wider audience.

3.) Subscribe: We can hang out every week!

4.) Share it on your social media pages.

5.) Send me a message and let me know what other topics interest you. Faith, Business Minded, Intentional Living, Marriage, Sex, Health and Fitness, Pop Culture, Parenting, Netflix . . . etc.

6.) Bonus Section: Join the Dancing in the Kitchen Challenge by making a video of yourself and your peeps, “dancing it out” in YOUR kitchen! This could be your family, co-workers, bible study, small group, hubby, fur babies . . . you name it! Bring your worst and best dance moves. We just want to have fun! Make sure to use the #dancinginthekitchenchallenge and tag me, Annie Leigh Edwards! I have to see these!

Thank you for taking the time to consider being a part of this community. I cannot wait to see what the Lord does!

Now…go bust some moves!

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When Someone You Love Lets You Down: Reflections On Jen Hatmaker

By November 5, 2016 Bible Study, Christian Living, faith, Fullness, Gospel Living, Jen Hatmaker, Sin

Most of us have experienced the feeling of disappointment with another human being.

If you have not yet, just wait until we elect our new president.

Have you known the hurt I am speaking of?

Perhaps a parent, uncle, friend, pastor, child, teacher, or a mentor left you feeling the wound of disappointment.

That individual may have never even laid a hand on you. They may not even know you.

Where am I going with this?

My heart is heavy.

It is loaded down with confusion, disbelief, anger, and sadness. I am still processing and it is messy.Someone I have great respect for has left me feeling disappointed.   I trusted this person enough to give them my time, money, and mind. I learned so much from this individual. I love God and people more because of her generosity and leadership; for these things I am grateful. She was a mentor of sorts.

This is not the first time that a leader in my life has let me down and I am certain that it will not be the last. I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised that a pedestal cannot hold the weight of a mere human, when it was intended for God alone.

The truth is that disappointments are just unmet expectations. Yes, leaders are called to a higher standard, especially those who are called by God to teach (this is why James says that not many should become teachers because they will be judged more strictly). This is the same reason I feel sick to my stomach every time I am asked to speak at a conference. There is a heavy responsibility with being a teacher of the Word of God, but they can never be expected to get it right all the time. I had misplaced expectations.

In many ways, I wanted to be like her. If we are going to mimic, follow, and place our confidence in anyone, it should be none other than Christ Jesus, the one who always gets it right.

I love my sister in Christ and I will pray for her. It would be easy to get out my stones and start launching them her way but I am looking to what Jesus said in John 8:7, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

What have I learned about my disappointment? Simple. I have learned that, “I am not without sin.”

I have seen such ugliness in my heart that often times delights in the fall of other people because it makes me feel better about myself.

I also have learned that my confidence cannot be in bloggers and teachers. If I want to be a confident woman, I must place my confidence in God alone and His finished work through Christ Jesus. His words must take precedent over everyone else’s words. In order to have confidence in God, I must know Him. I must know Him through His Word.

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The hurt and confusion from the past two weeks have crystalized a few things for me and I would like to share these thoughts with you:

1.)  Ladies, it is time we take the word of God seriously. God doesn’t want us to do guesswork or go on our feelings when it comes to knowing what He is like and the things about which He cares most deeply. God has made Himself known through His Word. We cannot know who we are, until we know whose we are. Also, why do we get angry at leaders who don’t handle the word of God correctly, when we do not take it seriously enough to study it daily? The gospel (meaning the life, death and resurrections of Jesus Christ on our behalf) must take center stage in our hearts.

2.) It is time that we become theologians. Yes, you read that correctly. It is not enough to read obscure bible passages and inspiration quotes on Instagram. We must study the Word of God. The Word of God must be our Jam. Women must become preachers (Don’t worry, I am not going there!). Sometimes, I wonder, if as women, we have been so immersed in becoming the “Proverbs 31 woman,” that we have neglected to study ALL of scripture. We have believed the lie that only men, those who have degrees from bible colleges and seminaries, with certain titles, should preach. Believe it or not, I was told that I cannot write on my identity in Christ because those books are normally written my men. Maybe… that is the problem. Women should be writing books about how Gods Character shapes our identity. We cannot know ourselves apart from knowing Him (REALLY knowing him. Not just conjuring up what we think He is like.) This means reading the bible for ourselves and not always looking to Beth Moore for the answers (Thankful for her ministry!). I would argue that we are all called to stand in the pulpit of our hearts and preach the Gospel to ourselves daily, because we forget the goodness and grace of God, daily.

A high view of Scripture . . . results in submitting to it as the ultimate authority in our lives.  One cannot have a high view of Scripture without loving those who are different than us.  Basically, what I am saying, is that our “cafeteria table” should include people of different color, political and socioeconomic backgrounds…etc.

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Yes, leaders will let us down but disappointment should point us to the one who will never disappoint, the only one who is worthy of our confidence…Jesus Christ.   He did it all perfectly. He loved others perfectly by speaking truth in love. Then, he died for us…the ones who failed to love God with all of our hearts, souls and minds. Now… He lives so that we can know God and daily place our hope in Him (The one who conquered the power of death and the grave).

We have to KNOW truth. He is truth. He is our confidence.

Father, help us to be women who know your word better than anything in this world. Let your words be our counselors and wisdom.  Help us to know the holy scriptures more than we know our current Netflix series or latest blogs.  Change our hearts.  Also, teach us how love each other through disagreements and differences.  Let us be women who speak truth and love.

 

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