In 2 days we will be in December and officially on the countdown to Christmas (whaaattttt!!), and whilst that thought is a little scary, it is also rather exciting too! Christmas for us, like so many others, revolves A LOT around family, food, chocolate, gifts and lovely decorations. But we also try to make it more, and capture the spirit of the season by remembering the birth of Christ through reading the stories of the bible, singing hymns/songs, attending Christmas services, and now my favourite thing – Following his example of love for others through daily acts of service.

Christmas is a time of year that is rich in family tradition and one of these traditions for several years now, has been to carry out random acts of kindness leading up to the big day! Before it was rather sporadic, but in recent years our Church has introduced #LightTheWorld and given us 25 ways over 25 days we can light the world through service and kind acts. Each suggestion is taken from the bible and relates to the life and teachings of Jesus!

Whilst I try to be kind all year and help in both big and small ways to those who need it, I love that light the world makes me really spring into action and get things happening! It helps me focus on the needs of others and it puts things into perspective at a time of year we can get carried away and perhaps a little self absorbed!

I am a strong believer in giving and helping those whose circumstances differ and are in need of help in someway! Saying this though, lets be real… I am also a busy mum to 3 kiddies, have oodles of cleaning and stuff, blogging and other commitments. So I also find it hard with said young family, to do things daily for others when some days I am totally lost and my limit! With this in mind, I have tried to be uber organised so that I don’t have that as my excuse or reason. I want to help others at Christmas time and show our love and appreciation too, and I want my kids to learn early to think of others too. And so I planned ahead, started weeks ago with our reverse advent box for the food bank (December 1st) and since that it has all just come together!

So here is a sneaky peak of our ideas to #LightTheWorld in December 2017 (we are also collecting walking boots and thermal socks for the refugees in Calais who have trench foot/are at risk of it, along side this!). I have contacted the necessary charities and organisations, and I am hoping others will jump on board too!

Last year we thoroughly enjoyed the days we joined in. From donating gifts and helping to sort at the refugee centre, to making dinner for some fellow church members we knew were having a hard time. We baked treats and delivered them and we donated food too. Whilst I am sure this was helpful to those we served, the blessing of joy and lessons we learnt were great for our family! And so we are choosing to #LightTheWorld again this December to celebrate the birth of Christ. I look forward to the people we will meet, the friendships we will build and the lessons we will learn. I hope it ignites kindness and thoughtfulness in my kids as they help too, and that it will make a season that can be hard for us, one of light and Joy!

You of course don’t need to be LDS/Mormon to join in! #LightTheWorld is an opportunity for us all to bring peace and kindness to others; be that in our families, our neighbourhoods or even our wider communities and the world! If you live near me then come and donate to these great causes too. If you want me to elaborate then leave me a comment, but really whatever you can do – do it!Then snap a picture and # it “LightTheWorld” … share the love as we light the world together for others one day at a time.

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Modest clothing is something that is really important to me for a number of reasons. This choice and viewpoint with out a doubt comes from my religious lifestyle, but I am also very conscious of wanting to maintain my personality and personal style through fashion and the things I wear, as well as being modest in my look.

Dressing modestly to me means that I wear my skirts, shorts and dresses to my knee (or longer), my tops have sleeves and are cut in a way so as not to show off my cleavage, shoulders, stomach (not that you’d want to see that), or too much back! Whilst to some it may seem a little out dated, we probably all wear modest fashion day to day without even consciously realising it. For me however it is a conscious choice, and one that makes me both happy and helps me maintain a sense of peace and confidence in my life.

Both myself and my friends are always on the hunt for clothing that fits the bill, and as a result I recently discovered JD Williams , who whilst on the surface seem to be more aimed at middle aged women, their ranges have many a hidden gem to maintain style and modesty together.

Sunday Best:

I ordered from them a skirt, a blouse and shoes that I felt would be great for a Spring/Summer look for church, weddings and special occasions. As Sundays is the only day I am guaranteed to look good with my hair done and something a little fancy/dressy on, I like to have clothes that feel a little more glam/cool than the average school run/park/town days. It’s Sunday and we always go to church, and I believe in wearing my Sunday best!

The skirt is from Grazia and is currently on sale for £34! It is made from scuba which is something I was never keen on, but I couldn’t love it more! It’s thickness helps it puff out a little and is super comfy to wear and move in (especially when chasing kiddies!). I love that the bold print is very reflective of me, and the rich colours are right up my street. I am not usually a floral person, but there is something about the bright colours on the black that give it a funky feel. And best of all it is below my knee and sits well on my waist ticking my modesty box!

This skirt is definitely an investment – a) because its modest, and b) because it can be worn with heels and sandals in the Spring/Summer, or paired with a polo neck and Opaque tights and ankle boots/black heels in the Autumn/Winter.

Next up is my Blouse. I love a good light neutral blouse for the summer and this one is lovely. The gold chain trim around the neckline keeps it modern and very me, whilst the cut is modest and cool for warmer weather. It goes great with the skirt, and I know it will also look good with any number of my other skirts, skinny jeans and trousers in my wardrobe… it is one of those versatile go to tops for any occasion.

Finally my shoes. Who doesn’t need a pair of suede fuschia heels in their wardrobe? These are so me, and will update a lot of outfits I wear for church; either bringing out the pink in them, brightening a darker number, or as a statement with a contrasting colour! The chunky low heel is really comfy and easy to walk in all day. They were only £25 which I thought was pretty good for a pair or lovely shoes. I rarely by shoes online but these are great…I have skinny ankles and whilst they are little loose around them, they are still comfy and great.

I had lots of compliments on my outfit this last Sunday and it definitely made me feel a bit glam and bright! I was also featured on the #notafrumpymum round up on Instagram. Not bad!

A few other items that I loved whilst browsing their site, which I again thought were both cool and modest, were these:

My outfit is really flexible, comfortable, glam, feminine, cool, and perfect for church, weddings, christenings and any other special occasion this summer. It helps be a cool mum as well as being modest and lovely…Who’d have thought this website had so many lovely things for us younger peeps?

I seriously believe that modest style doesn’t have to be boring or drab, and I always ensure it isn’t.

*Collaborative post. I was sent the items pictured in return for the review. 

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Going to church every Sunday is a very ordinary part of our lives, it has been since as long as I can remember and something important to both Nathan and I with our own little family. I love to get the kids dressed in their smart clothes, hear them pray, sing songs and talk about Jesus, heaven and all the other things we / church teaches them. Some weeks it is hard work, because lets face it, how many kids want to sit still and quiet at the same time? But we persevere because its important to us, its good and makes us happy.
10421621_10152968699186553_150936198443807864_nI dont often speak on my blog about my beliefs or religion, not because I want to hide it but rather I guess its just who I am and don’t see the need for the formalities and deets, but if you didnt know already, we are latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) and simply put we believe in Jesus Christ and Heavenly father (God) and having a living prophet on the earth. We believe in loving everyone, serving/helping others, being healthy and pure and that we can live as families again after we die. Our beliefs pretty much shape our lives. The way we try to live and things we say and do (we hope) reflect the beliefs we have in a saviour and because of this wherever we are in the world we go to church to worship as usual on a Sunday. I find this part of holidays always exciting, the part where we have an opportunity to meet with other members of our church around the world  (there are congregations in most towns/) I love to see that wherever you go people are just as friendly, just as welcoming and things are pretty much the same format as we are familiar with at home. It’s just great.
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Whilst in Italy we went to a teeny church with only 13 members and barely anyone spoke English either (#entertaining) therefore it was all in Italian but nevertheless it still felt like home. Afterwards they had a cute little lunch together and invited us to stay, which of course being the food lovers we are, we slyly accepted!
InstagramCapture_6936cf33-dd73-402d-9525-261a79471b5bWhilst it was an ordinary Sunday of going to church it was also a special experience in a new place, a different adventure and a reminder of the love that exists in the world. I love being a Mormon, to me it’s so ordinary, makes sense and brings our family hope (especially since loosing Poppy) and joy. I love that this ordinary part of our lives at times gives us little adventures and new friends! It will certainly be a memorable church day!
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