Allison Ramsing

Easy Holiday Makeup

By December 19, 2014 Fashion

easy holiday makeup

Do you love spending a lot of time doing your makeup? Neither do I. Most of my holiday vacation I spend makeup free and I’ve personally never loved spending a ton of time on my makeup. But sometimes it’s fun to get a little fancied up. So that’s why I’m sharing my favorite easy holiday makeup products with you! Read More

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My Story is Beautiful, Robyn

By December 18, 2014 My Story is Beautiful

 

Hi! My name is Robyn and I blog over at Robyn’s Nest – a blog founded as a creative outlet and a place of rest. I love blogging because it helps me to process life and allows my right brain side to have some fun. I have enjoyed meeting so many amazing people through this online space and being inspired and encouraged by them, including Allison. Thank you Allison for having me on your blog today! Read More

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Polka Dots and Stripes

By December 17, 2014 Fashion

these are a few of my favorite things: polka dots and stripes

Mixing patterns has been a trend that I’ve seen on campus for a few terms. It was finally time for me to break outside of my box…it was time to mix some patterns! Starting with two great patterns, I went with stripes and polka dots. Who doesn’t love those two patterns?! I don’t think it’s any surprise (at least if you read any other of my posts about fashion) that I love polka dots…so I was happy with the combo the instant Peter suggested this vest. The striped top is c/o Twice. If you haven’t heard about Twice, a month ago I blogged about it and I’d urge you to learn more here.

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Keeping Your Commitments

By December 16, 2014 General Posts

keeping your commitments

Keeping my commitments is such an important thing, but yet so many times I pick up my iPhone and cancel these days. If I’m tired or had a long day it takes me less than 30 seconds to iMessage someone and cancel on them.

I’m not okay with the fact that sometimes I’ll schedule time to hang out with a friend and if I’ve had a long day I’ll iMessage them and ask to reschedule. Rescheduling when I have a fever and am contagious? …that’s another story. Stay home and rest in that circumstance. But for the many others circumstances: if I’ve said yes, it’s time to follow through.

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Minted Wrapping Paper

By December 15, 2014 DIY

Minted Wrapping Paper

I love the process of picking out gifts for friends and family members and wrapping them is the icing on the cake! When I worked at the Buckle my freshman/sophomore year of college, my present wrapping skills significantly improved. I had a fantastic boss, who showed me the retail way to wrap presents.

Growing up I had a lot of practice wrapping presents as my dad always had me wrap the presents he got for mom. Even when I went to college dad still saved them for me to wrap when I get home and he still does and I love it! I’ve always had fun using the various different wrapping papers mom had picked out to wrap her presents for dad.

This year Minted blessed me with customized wrapping paper to wrap presents. It takes too much space in a carry on to have the presents already wrapped for my family when I travel, so I always wrap them after I arrive. Did you know that you could even customize wrapping paper? I know I sure didn’t!
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We Missed Our Wedding a Year Ago Today

By December 14, 2014 #ramsingmarriage

we missed our wedding a year ago today

A year ago today, December 14, 2013 was the day Peter and I originally planned to get married in Iowa. It was my grandparent’s 61st wedding anniversary. (Happy 62nd Anniversary by the way, Nana and Papa!) Needless to say that didn’t happen and we’re excited to share a chapter of the “book”  with you. Not the first in the book, but the first to go up on the blog! (Read Who Was I Writing For? if you’re curious why part of the book is going up on the blog).  Read More

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CoSchedule Makes Blogging Easier!

By December 12, 2014 General Posts

CoSchedule Makes Blogging Easier on AllisonRamsing.com

When I took the Stewardship and Influence course taught by Jess Wolstenholm through The Influence Network, she mentioned an amazing WordPress plugin that I should look into. That plugin being, CoSchedule. It markets itself as the world’s best editorial calendar for WordPress. While I’ve never used any other editorial calendars on WordPress, I would agree that this plugin is an amazing asset to this blog. I’ve been using it for a little over a month and it’s made the process of sharing my blog a breeze. Today, I’m going to cover what it is, how much is costs, how it works, and why CoSchedule is making the blogging process so much easier for me. Read More

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My Story is Beautiful, Jennie

By December 11, 2014 My Story is Beautiful

My Story is Beautiful, Jennie

I drove and drove, not knowing where I was going, feeling numb. The day before, I was fine, happy even.

The day after that, though? I wasn’t fine. I wasn’t happy even. I was devastated.

No, I hadn’t gone through a break-up. Yes, he hadn’t chosen me.

And when you’re not chosen, the questions flood in.

In my questions, I became so sure I wasn’t pretty enough. I convinced myself I wasn’t pretty enough.

I could see the way his eyes followed other girls, on the same afternoons I was sitting right beside him.

A few days passed, and I was okay. Only okay. And on an okay afternoon, I found myself lying on the bathroom floor. A pillow under my chin, I studied the linoleum, fake wooden strips, thinking things though and the questions were not leaving. I replayed his actions towards me that seemed so much like actions of affection or admiration. And then, it came, so clear, like the clearest of radio stations. No static.

“You are beautiful.”

Every word pronounced clearly and spoke loudly.

“You.are.beautiful.”

And in that moment, for the first time, I believed I was beautiful.

Because you can be told over and over again, that you’re beautiful, but you might not believe. I truly believe we need Him to breathe His truths right over our heart. People’s words have little power compared to His loud whispers. And that moment, where I heard those three words and I finally believed, that was a loud whisper from the Lord. No doubt about it.

So, this is Jennie and she is beautiful.

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It’s Okay to Take a Break From Social Media.

By December 10, 2014 General Posts

it's okay to take a break from social media

In today’s day, many things seem to be done on social media. Sharing our lives has become something accomplished by apps instead of good tea or cozy chairs. It can seem impossible to separate the real and the online lives, but sometimes it is necessary to break the two apart for a while. To bring clarity to what is real and what is “social”. Read More

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I Am Called To Greatness

By December 9, 2014 General Posts
You Are Called to Greatness

Lately, I have said no to God. Instead of trusting in His guidance I have instead put what He has for me on the back burner. You might ask why it’s on the back burner…simmering. No, it’s not even simmering sometimes, when I notice a bit of steam rising from the pot I shut it off and instead of embrace it I walk away. Why?

Well, I am a bit embarrassed to say, but it’s because I am lazy.

I wasn’t kidding. God has been calling me to be a leader. He calls all of us to be leaders. He has pushed me to be a leader for several years, though. A leader of my life, my career, my faith. Feeling guilty by not taking on the role that I am called to step into I instead took to using my words to fill the guilt. Saying things that imply that it is someone else’s fault I am not fully enveloped in God’s dreams for me. I fill my words with empty language such as “I’m heading in a good direction!” and “I’ve been learning so much these past few years.”. Oh how true those statements are but what a trap they have become.

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