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How to Get the Perfect Layered Necklace Look

A layered necklace look is so trendy and a beautiful way to add something extra to your style. However, it can be tricky to pair the right pieces together and keep them from moving about.

I like clasping my necklaces together at the back so they are connected and don’t slide around. Simply hook the one into the other and you’ll always have them lined up in front.

If I layer necklaces other than the Twinkle Necklace I attach the clasps together. The Twinkle Necklace is my absolute favorite layering necklace because of its satellite chain, it keeps it from getting tangled with another chain!

I love pairing the Twinkle Necklace with a 16” necklace or an 18” one. If you like the layered necklace look then the Twinkle Necklace is super easy to work with!

Another layering look that I love to wear is a short necklace with a long necklace. Our long necklaces don’t come with a clasp and you’re able to just pull them over your head. These two pieces don’t tangle as I feel like the pendant of the long necklace keeps it all balanced.

The Complete Necklace and Essential Necklace is a great combination that works well together.

I also like it when the necklace shapes mimic one another - like the Essential Necklace and the Salt Necklace. Having a solid pendant mixed with an open shape looks really good!

The Verb Necklace (an open triangle pendant) with the Harvest Necklace is another great combo I love to wear. Remember to hook the clasps to one another and you’re all set.

A go-to look that I pair with my Twinkle Necklace is the Resolved Necklace - both come in gold and silver so you get to pick your favorite metal.

The Crescent Necklace (so cute just on its own!) and the Kinship Necklace gives you a fun, boho look that I love. The double meaning is also so precious!

These necklaces reminds us that when you’re focused upwards, you’re able to remember your identity as daughters of the Lord. That when we suffer as Jesus did we can remember why.

Wearing two pieces together can help us see how all scripture is connected. The design is part of it, but the meaning and scripture is even more beautiful.

Have a peek at my IG stories if you’d like the see the live try-on’s of these necklaces to pick your favorite combination!

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7 Life Changing Books

Reading has always been a big part of my life, but there are a few books that stand out as life changing for me, at least ones I'd put into this category from the last few years. Maybe they're just what you need to read, too? 

  • A Praying Life by Paul Miller. This is a simple introduction to prayer, written in easy and approachable language. It laid the groundwork for prayer in my life, helping me understand why it mattered and what it could look like in my everyday. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to jumpstart a deeper prayer life. 
  • Prayer by Tim Keller-- This is similar to the book above, but headier and more in depth. It took me a while to read (I took notes on every page!), and has become a book I've gone back to reference many times. It helped me tie together Bible reading, meditation, prayer, etc. instead of trying to make those spiritual disciplines stand-alone acts. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to deepen their time with the Lord. 
  • None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. This book highlights ten characteristics of God that we should focus on and praise Him for. It reminded me that I am not to be the main focus of my life, God is. And He is worthy of all my worship! It also helped me sort out body image issues and the place social media plays in my non omni-present life. I just re-read this with a small group of women and loved it all over again. It's a wonderful book to read and discuss with others. Try it! 
  • Likewise, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. If you'd like to read your Bible more but have no idea where to start or what you're doing, this book is for you. She walks through how we should study scripture in a humble, approachable way. I learned so much and have used many of her methods time and time again. 
  • The Lifegiving Home, by Sally Clarkson... and basically anything else she's written. Now a mother of four adult children, she shares the wisdom she uses (or learned) during her years of mothering younger children. All of her books have helped me become an intentional homemaker and mother. I'm grateful for her mentorship! 
  • Parenting by Paul Tripp. This book's tagline is "14 Gospel principles that can radically change your family" and it absolutely held true in my life. This book completely altered the way I view parenting, discipline, and the children God has blessed us with. I think every Christian parent should read it! 
  • Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis (and her sequel book, too!) God used this book to soften my heart towards adoption-- something our family has now done three times-- and to show me that we can live our lives fully for him no matter where we're located. She's a beautiful example of a Godly woman in this day and age. I can't wait to hug her neck in Heaven one day! 
  • Okay I couldn't narrow down this last one. Just about every Christian biography I've read has become a favorite. I think reading about the faithful men and women who have gone before us is so encouraging and helpful-- here'sa post with some of my favorites!
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August Christian Jewelry Best Sellers

Here are the top ten products purchased for the month of August at Dear Mushka! It’s always exciting to see the changes based on new products, sales, seasons and holidays.

I’ll go into detail about what each of the pieces mean and my followers on Instagram always love these monthly recaps so I hope you love it, too!

The Renew Earrings

The Renew Earrings are one of my favorite pieces which is surprising to me. I thought these would just be for you trendy women, but I fell in love! They are lightweight and a good size. I love both the teal and grey color of these tassel earrings - perfect for Fall!

The verse paired with them is from Romans 12:2 and these earrings’ design reflects the verse in many different ways. This piece stands out more than our other pieces so you can see how that represents you standing out from the crowd or even how they “sweep away” the thoughts of the world so you can make room for Christ.

These are so sweet and are perfect for high school and college girls, but I totally love wearing them, too!

The Aid Necklace

The Aid Necklace comes in three metals: rose gold, yellow gold and silver. The verse for this piece comes from Psalm 147:3 and this necklace was popular this month because of the giveaway I did on Instagram!

This is the perfect gift for women going through a season of suffering and it serves as a reminder that only God can fill the holes left in our hearts from loss - miscarriage, loss of a loved one, health issues, etc.

The Self Control Necklace

The Self Control Necklace went on major sale this month and you guys snagged these up! It’s a mixed metal piece with a rose gold chain and a silver box pendant. It features a verse that is so powerful for your days with that bold pendant that is locked and loaded with the Holy Spirit’s power!

This one will be retired soon so if you want one, grab it for the low price while there are still a few left.

The Timber Necklace

The Timber Necklace was another sale piece for the month of August. It hangs long and is claspless so it just slides over your head - super easy! Each of the stones are unique and its greenish color just affirms its paired verse passage from Jeremiah.

The idea here is to remind you to plant your roots deep by the stream so that even when drought comes, when we walk through really hard times, we can bear fruit and our soul can be at rest.

Its the perfect piece to wear for a special occasion or date night with an everyday verse. Put the verse card somewhere visible or use it as a Bible bookmark, and plant those roots deep, girls!

The Carried Cuff

The Carried Cuff makes our top seller lists often because its just a really great cuff, made from brass and very strong. You simply pull it open and squeeze closed to adjust the sizing.

The Carried Cuff and Companion Bracelets pair so well together! It comes with the verse from Isaiah 40:11 and the design looks like arms wrapping around your wrist to remind you that as you carry your people, God is carrying you!

This is my go-to mother or baby shower gift and comes in both silver and brass.

The Priority Rings

The Priority Rings come in all three metals and although they come one in a pack, I like to wear three at a time to remind me of my three boys and how they are my priority over my to-do list. I also love the idea of it representing the Trinity and they also look really good stacked.

The verse is from Matthew 6:33 and it reminds us to seek from the Kingdom before our to-do lists, social media, etc. Seeing these rings on your hands throughout the day reminds you where your priorities should lie. 

The Eclipsed Necklace

I’m guessing many of you purchased the Eclipsed necklace for your daughters going back to school. We currently don’t advertise our pieces as “kids jewelry” because of the insurance purposes that come along with it like choking hazards and all that.

So I can’t tell you that this necklace is for your kids going back to school but it is a great length and is totally adorable for little girls, with the sweet locket. Inside you can store a picture, a kiss or a prayer for when she’s feeling a little nervous.

It comes paired with Jeremiah 33:3 and is a call to prayer. They are beautiful, sweet little lockets!

The Companion Bracelets

The Companion Bracelets are always, always on our top seller lists! They come two in a pack - two bracelets, two verse cards so you have one to keep and one to gift. They are like grown-up BFF bracelets.

They are reasonably priced and they are the perfect way to thank a friend for being a companion you can cherish. All of the colors are stunning and are lovely paired with a brass bracelet or even just your watch.

The Twinkle Necklace

The Twinkle Necklace is the perfect layering piece with its satellite chain so it keeps it from getting tangled. I wear it with basically any other necklace in our store!

This month it got a new verse and its the perfect one to meditate on all day long! Keep it in mind if you want a go-to piece for layering with all of your other necklaces.

Our Number 1 Piece: The Onward Necklace

The Onward Necklace was in our shop years ago and it was retired until now. You all begged to have it back! I’m so glad you loved it enough to bring it back.

It comes paired with Isaiah 43:2 and the design looks like fire and water, representing the verse perfectly. It is the perfect piece as you or a friend walk through trial to serve as a reminder that you will not be burned.

For those of you walking through this hard season, I see you and am hopeful with you!

That’s it for our top ten products for this month at Dear Mushka, thank you to everyone who supports us! If you’d like to see more try-on’s for our pieces be sure to head over to our Instagram and watch our daily stories.

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Introducing the Go Tell it on the Mountain Hat

Our Fall line is launching September 5th and I am officially excited - I even showed some sneak peaks over on stories today. We will be launching TEN new products! Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Instagram to keep updated and pick out what you love. 

The first product is our Go Tell it on the Mountain hat which comes in two colors (maroon and navy) as I simply couldn’t pick which one I loved more. This is our hymn piece for the season. Over the past few seasons we’ve always incorporated a hymn piece into our line and while praying over which hymn I wanted for this Fall, Go Tell it on the Mountain kept coming to mind.

We don’t do a separate line for Christmas, so whatever we launch this season is going to be available for Christmas shopping. So I thought this beautiful song (usually related to Christmas) would be perfect not only only for the holidays but is also at the heart of Dear Mushka. It reminds us to go tell it everywhere and anywhere we can that Jesus Christ is born!

The story behind the hymn is that it is originally an old African American spiritual passed down from generation to generation. These people were slaves who passed it along from plantation to plantation and although they didn’t read or write, they sure did share the gospel and encourage one another through music!

In the early 1900’s, John Westley Work (from Nashville just like me!) collected lots of these spirituals into a book so that we could have them today. Knowing this definitely gives the song more meaning and power now that I know it’s history.

The Go Tell it on the Mountain hat is perfect for Fall and transitioning to the cooler months. It pairs perfectly with leggings, a casual top and also covers dirty hair - yep, this is certainly how I am going to be wearing it! I feel like it can take a super casual and simple outfit and instantly give it something special.

The style is a “dad hat” and is fully adjustable at the back so it can fit my small pea-head but also fits well on bigger heads! Dad hats are the most comfortable, every day hat style that is also unisex so it’s perfect for anyone and everyone!

It has a super sweet mountain graphic that isn’t super in-your-face, but it reminds us to spread God’s Word and to go tell it on the mountain.

Keep your eyes pealed for our new Fall Line launching September 5th and follow us on Instagram where I’ll be sharing a sneak peak of our new products every day until we launch.

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Home Tour: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The last leg of our home tour (see parts 1 & 2) takes us to the four bedrooms & two bathrooms. Pardon this incomplete blog post; I'll get more photos taken soon but wanted to go on and post the links!

Bedroom one is our baby's room:

Book ledge: IKEA

Crib & Small Rocker: Hand-me-downs

Wallpaper: Here

Doc a Tot: Target

Curtains: Target

Glider: Target (old)

Baby Blanket: IKEA

 

Bedroom two is our 2 year old's room:

 

 

Wall Color: Moody Blue by SW

Dresser: IKEA

Wood Sign: Etsy

Bunk: IKEA

Bedding: Target

Book ledgeIKEA

Curtains: Target

Tree: Pottery Barn

Bunting: Smallable

 

Five year old's room:

Dresser: IKEA

Bed: Wayfair

Bookshelf: Target

Curtains: Anthropologie (old)

Bedding: Target (old)

Baskets: Target (old)

Map: Crate&Barrel

Ceiling Fans (in all bedrooms): Amazon

 

Boy's Bathroom (work in progress):

Vanity: Wayfair

Hooks: Amazon

Towels: IKEA

 

Our Bedroom: 

Dresser and Nightstand: Overstock

Bed: World Market

Bench: World Market

Chair: IKEA

Curtains: Target

Quilt: Anthropologie

Pillows: Etsy (old)

Large Art: One King's Lane

 

Our Bathroom:

Vanity: Vanities Depot

Mirrors: Wayfair

Art: Anthropologie (or search for a cheaper source)

Dresser: IKEA

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How To Edit Your Own Photos for Online Shops

I've learned a lot throughout the years of running Dear Mushka and my number one tip for online businesses is to have good photos!

I am by no means a professional and don’t have any of the of the really complicated apps like Photoshop or Lightroom. I use my phone and one app 99% of the time.

I do have a photographer take our model shots for our website a few times a year, but my flat lays and most of what you see on Instagram are taken quickly by me!

For good product photos, a light and neutral background is very helpful! Online shops need to clearly show the product's detail, color and what the customer is getting. I just use a Home Depot tile on a table near my window for natural light. Sometimes I’ll add a while poster board behind as well if I’m looking to reflect light back but it usually isn’t necessary for my photos.

For editing, I use The Color Story app.

Follow the process below to edit your own photos:

 How I edit my baby and model photos:

There you have it! Go have a peek at my latest photos over on the Dear Mushka Instagram profile and let me know if you have any questions - I can't wait to see yours!

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Home Tour: Living, Dining, Kitchen, and Library

The home tour continues (part one here) with our living room, dining room, kitchen, and library/my office. 

Let's start in the living room. We mainly opened up narrow doorways, added walls to make the library on the end, and evened out all the floor levels the house had.

Wall color: Snowbound by SW

Frames: IKEA (Ribba variety)

Couch: Old from Sprintz

Antique Stand: From Clerks, my favorite local antique shop

Pillow Covers: Pottery Barn ( don't see them here, but linked in case I'm missing them!)

Rug: Rugs USA 

I mentioned that the rug stays clean because we have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy for our family. We don't enforce this with guests so shoes are definitely around some, but it's better than it could be!

Here's the other side of the living room. 

CurtainsHearth & Hand

Art: Deann Art. Looks like mine is currently sold out, but there are so many beautiful ones!

Fiddle Leaf: Real! 

Baskets: Old from Target or TJ Maxx

Lamp: Old from Target 

Coffee Table: Wayfair

And the side leading towards the library!

The chair, cabinet, and globe are all antiques. 

The baby is not available ;) 

This is our dining room. Please ignore the giant leaning mantle, it belongs in the living room entry way and is too heavy for us to move alone. Ha!

Wall color: Snowbound on top, Peppercorn on the bottom. We did the panneling ourselves, it was a quick project. 

Light: Crate and Barrel

Table: Made by a family member

Chairs: Wayfair

Rug: Anthropologie (sold out)

Grey Cabinet (not visible): Target

Pom Pom Garland: Old from Target, hanging for a bday party :)

This fireplace was a little tricky to figure out, but it feels good and simple right now. 

Mirror: Anthropologie (I actually can't remember which one it is!)

Sign: Target

Flower Vase: Target (flowers are my dried ones)

Logs: Terrain

Basket: Target (we have these baskets all over, they're also on the living room coffee table, in the library and kitchen, etc)

The dining room attaches to our kitchen. 

Cabinets: Dorian Grey by SW

Green Wall: Homburg Grey by SW

Here's a picture of this space in action. We eat here most mornings for breakfast and the boys listen as I read or we listen to worship music. 

Here's one of the Bibles I mentioned.

This area will probably be a family "command center" one day, but for now its a cute little drop zone. 

Dresser: Antique

Lamp: Target (with those build yourself pieces)

Frame: Anthropologie

NY Print: Rifle Paper Co

Planter: Anthropologie

Plant: Home Depot

Books: These are my gardening go-tos! I'll do a whole garden post soon. 

And here's my office/library!

Baskets: Target

Prints: Etsy

Chair is old and covered with a coverlet

Pillow Cover: West Elm (old)

Here's the library in action. Our boys grab books and read in here all the time. 

Next week: The bedrooms! 

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A Q&A with Katie and Robert on Christian Marriage

I asked the Dear Mushka Instagram community for questions for a Q&A the other day and received so many about marriage! Robert and I answered them over on my stories, which you can find here or simply read below.

In short, we are two simple people that God has brought together for His glory. We are not perfect and this is not a perfect marriage. The Lord constantly keeps us humble and real.

What’s our dating story?

Robert and I met in college. I had recently broken up with the boyfriend I had followed to college and we met at the college ministry we were a part of. We talked for the first time at a football game. I wanted to talk to him to make another boy jealous - yes, I was 19 and not very smart! We started talking and really enjoyed our conversation so we decided to meet up another time.

We didn’t officially start dating for a few months because I was silly and wanted to wait. We dated for a while and broke up just before Valentine’s Day. But I just knew we’d get married. I don’t know why, but I was pretty confident.

Robert was a new believer and really needed some time to grow. I knew we had issues to work on and was grateful for the time apart to grow. A few months later he came back around and our relationship did a complete 180! We dated for a few months, got engaged and married in 2010.

I love that our dating story is beautifully imperfect, just like us!

How do you know who you are supposed to marry? Is the right spouse just about finding someone who loves the Lord?

It’s more than just finding someone who loves the Lord. Love for the Lord is a great starting point but there can be more to it. God can work through all marriages (even if you are married to a non-believer), but if you’re choosing a spouse look for someone who wants to pursue the Lord fully.

Marriage is too hard not to like the person you are married to. There are seasons and you’ve got to fight for what you want to be true. You’ve got to like the person, want to be around them and see the potential in them.

It’s easy for women to come up with a check list for what you want in a spouse and sometimes the Lord can work through that. But ultimately, don’t limit God to what you think you need. God gives us wisdom! He is for marriage and He is for Christian unions and He will lead us to the right person.

I think He gives us peace when it’s a yes and discomfort when it’s not right. This doesn’t mean that the “right person” doesn’t mean you won’t have trial and suffering in your marriage! But the Lord will give you peace and wisdom when you call out for help.

Find someone who’s imperfections you can live with. Don’t count on change. Can we commit to loving the person in front of us and the person they will become?

Marriage is also not the goal of the Christian life! The Lord works through both marriage and singleness. We still feel lonely, angry and sad in marriage. God is our only hope and lasting joy!

Advice for newlyweds?

If there is frequent bickering (not real issues), you might not be having enough sex? God uses it to form real intimacy. Pray for it and work towards loving one another in that way. I received this advice as a newly wed and it was so helpful!

Also, learn one another. It can be through the enneagram, another test or studying one another. Know that you and your spouse are very different people. You’ll give so much more grace when you understand someone else’s why.

Protect what your spouse is walking through. Your husband does not need you to go behind his back about what he is struggling with. If it isn’t a big issues, speak uplifting words about your spouse. Be champions of each other’s sanctification. If you need prayer for your marriage, make it about YOU.

How do you handle differences of opinion on big matters?

Adoption is the biggest difference we’ve ever had. I felt called to adoption and Robert didn’t. In those situations, commit to praying. God isn’t trying to cause discord between the two of you so seek His wisdom. Ask for a heart that’s willing to submit and respect your husband.

Still talk about big decision and as best as you can, don’t move forward until you can agree. Don’t let yourself be resentful at your spouse.

What to do when one person is pursuing God more than the other?

We’ve experienced this in our marriage and it’s important to learn that your relationship with God will look different than your spouse’s. Robert is never going to have lifetime goals, prayer journals and do everything that I do in my quiet time with the Lord.

Make sure you are giving grace for a person to grow differently than you. Different isn’t wrong or less then.

No man has ever been nagged into pursuing the Lord. You can pray in times of need for your spouse - pray for wisdom and guidance and strength until your spouse is ready to pursue the Lord again. That’s what you do!

Everything is an opportunity to humble yourself and rely on the Lord. Make the goal for everyone to love God more (all of us need to love Him more) because He is worthy of our praise and love!

I hope this was helpful, to hear two very real people talking about marriage! You can catch the video of Robert and I discussing our marriage here. Follow along on Instagram where we post our monthly Q&A’s, answering all of your questions.

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Home Tour: Playroom, Mudroom, and Studio

We moved into our home Summer 2018, after renovating its (very poorly) flipped rooms. The house is quirky in imperfect- a true 1970's ranch home- and it's exactly what this growing family wanted. 

I don't have great before pictures (drats!) but here's one from what is now our playroom. We wanted to keep the built-ins, but they were actually falling off the walls. The other side of the room had cork walls, so we took those down and added two closets. 

The unglamorous side of renovating: discovering the mold and water damage hidden behind poor flip jobs. 

But here's this space now! Scooters no longer allowed inside ;) 

Wall color: Requisite Grey by Sherwin Williams

Map: Gathre

Bench: Handmade

Blocks: Melissa & Doug (a beloved toy in our home)

Rug: Rugs USA

Basket: TJ Maxx

Trampoline (not pictured, but mentioned in my IG story- we LOVE this thing)

Curtains: Hearth & Hand. They still need to be hemmed & steamed, but well worth buying the 95" length. 

Shelves: IKEA

Books: Maps, How To, Stuck, Julia Child, The Gardeners, Jabari Jumps, Up in the Garden, Who Sang the First Song

Ottoman: Goodwill

Couch: Sprintz (no longer available)

Rug: Rugs USA

The boys were gifted this kitchen last Christmas and play with it almost every day!

Kitchen: Hearth & Hand (sold out at Target, available here)

These bins make organizing the toys easy and doable. Even my two year old knows how to pulls balls in the ball bin, trucks in the truck bin, etc. And the best part is that they're only a few dollars each. 

Lots of sizes available here.

What was once the laundry room is now Robert's office. It isn't done yet so no photo here, but you can see it in the background of the one below. 

Wall Color: Homburg Grey by Sherwin Williams (proof that you should test every color in your home before you paint; this reads more teal in our home than online; I love it)

Runner: Anthropologie

Sign: Smallwoods

 

This isn't a great before picture of our mudroom space; it was actually an open breezeway when we bought the house! Here it is with drywall, tile, and a door. 

We painted the original outdoor brick (Snowbound by Sherwin Williams) and made it our laundry room. All our outdoor doors are painted Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams (seen a tiny bit in the photo). 

We still need to cover up all those laundry connections. Ahh, the never ending to-do list :)

Laundry Bins: Amazon

Drying Rack: Amazon

Sink: Wayfair (can't find the link, sorry!)

Here's a very messy photo to show you how this mudroom really functions. We each have a "cubby" for jackets, purses, hats, etc. All our boys shoes and socks stay in their baskets; Robert and I keep some shoes in our closet, but our most worn ones are here. We have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy so they usually don't come past this point. 

We also don't have a garage space so strollers, chalk, helmets, etc end up here. 

The bottom of this cabinet has our cat's litter box in it. If you're building/ renovating a home try to think about details like that. It makes all the difference!

To the right of this photo heads into our house; to the left of this photo heads into our garage-turned-studio! 

When we moved into this house we knew Dear Mushka could function out of our garage for a time while we figured out her long-term home. We're about at max capacity, but it's working for now. 

Most of the white furniture is from Ikea. The table is old from World Market. Orders get packaged there!

The rug is from Rugs USA. The black shelves are old from Wal-Mart. 

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I'll be back soon with the rest of our house! 

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July Bestsellers | Christian Jewelry and Apparel

We’re about to hit our 30,000th order here at Dear Mushka and we thought it would be fun to completely refund whoever places that order! So keep this in mind if you were thinking of ordering one of the July Bestsellers I’m about to share, or if you want to order a few pieces as gifts for you and your friends - if you hit the 30,000th order you’ll be refunded 100%🎉

I hope it’s you!

Many of the top ten items over here at Dear Mushka for this month are clearly gifts, and some of them are just for you, too. Yay! Let’s count them down!

10 The Priority Rings

Slip the Priority Rings on your hands and remember to first seek God before whatever else your fingers run to - social media, to-do lists, etc. My prayer is that seeing these rings on your fingers will be a reminder to seek first the Kingdom of God.

I leave mine on all the time and they are so easy to wear! Feel free to get a few in different sizes to wear on different fingers, stacked or as a midi ring.

9 The Together Necklace

The Together Necklace comes in gold or silver and has three different verse card options to match the piece. It is our adoption necklace with the international symbol for adoption being represented as a triangle with a heart.

The triangle shows the three sides of an adoption - the birth mother, adoptive parents and the child. Our verse card options also match these three different people involved in an adoption.

We gave this piece to my sons birthmother and birth grandmother and they loved them! It definitely shows how much you value and love the birth mother, no matter the situation. If you’re adopting or have a friend that is adopting, ADD THIS TO YOUR CART.

8 The Aid Necklace

The Aid Necklace comes in gold, rose gold and silver options. The design is a stardust bead and represents filling the hole in your heart that was created by loss. This piece is for miscarriage, loss of a loved one or any season of grieving. It makes the perfect gift.

7 But First Pray Shirt

This T-shirt was on sale this month and still is, however, we just have XL’s left! It has football sleeves, is super cosy and covers your bum. This piece screams Fall outfit to me.

6 It Is Well Tote

This tote bag is the perfect size! It’s a cute farmer’s market bag, bible study bag or pool bag. I love the idea of this bag with your more quiet time items next to your chair - so cute!

It’s an excellent add-on to receive free shipping or to gift it with a few goodies tucked inside. We are not going to restock these when they are gone so grab it now if you want to use them for your Christmas gifts!

5 The Renew Earrings

The Renew Earrings come in teal and and grey. I thought the teal would be a little bright but it’s muted and so good! The grey feels so dreamy and I am loving them with a basic white tee. They come paired with a verse card from Romans 12:2 and remind us to sweep away the thoughts of this world to clear your mind and make room for what God calls good.

These would pair so well with a plaid or flannel shirt for Fall!

4 The Carried Bracelet

The Carried Bracelet has been in the Dear Mushka store for the longest time and continues to be a favorite. The design pairs so well with its verse and gives the imagery of God’s arms wrapping around you. This piece is my go-to gift for baby showers or anytime someone needs a reminder that God is carrying you as you carry little ones!

Our bracelets are so good. They are made from brass, are super durable and you can adjust them for a good fit.

3 The Today Earrings

The Today Earrings are so easy to wear and I have literally worn them all summer. They are such a fun stud with their little detailing that catch the light. They come paired with a verse card that reminds us that this is the day that the Lord has made and that through Jesus, we can rejoice no matter what.

2 The Resolved Necklace

The Resolved Necklace comes in gold or silver. Wearing it reminds us that when we keep our mind focused on God (the moonstone) we will experience lasting peace. I love to pray on this piece with “Lord, show me where I’m not keeping my mind focused on you!”.

1 The Companion Bracelets!

The Companion Bracelets are always in our top ten jewelry pieces each and every month. These come two to an order! Two bracelets, two verse cards for a take on a friendship bracelet. It makes the perfect gift for someone who has really been supporting you lately. I love the idea of gifting this with a note that says “thank you for lifting me up in this season”.

There are 7 color options and they are very reasonably priced for two in an order. So many of you have told me stories of you and your BFF both buying a set for one another! It makes the perfect everyday piece and can be easily paired with a basic tee for a simple and put-together look.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about the designs behind these pieces and that you feel equipped to love your people well! Be sure to follow us on Instagram to watch our daily stories. 

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