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Lessons from my Mad Chair Hunt

26 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith Ever since I’ve stood under four feet tall I’ve known what I wanted and was determined to get it. At age eight I went to Shortcuts for a haircut and very firmly told the lady I wanted my bangs to look like a wave (it was the early nineties) – to my frustration she just didn’t get it and they looked...

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The Beautiful Paradox of Good Friday

22 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith Today I paused for what I admit to be the first time at the irony of this day – that it is called “Good Friday.” “Bloody Friday” seems a little more fitting. Our natural, physical selves wonder how anything “good” can come from such a day: “They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull)....

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To Make the Dead Alive

21 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I heard a message while driving today with my windows down. The pastor said this: “Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good. He didn’t come to make good people better. Jesus came to make dead people alive.” The most important question we should ask girls this weekend isn’t about their cute little Easter dress, or their Easter plans, but rather,...

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BIG NEWS! We’re LEGIT!

20 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I just wanted to share some big news with you all! Today I got a much anticipated letter from “the big guys” (the IRS!) deeming Wonderfully Made an official 501c3 non-profit organization! That’s the fancy way of saying we are “legit” and are exempt from federal income taxes due to our chairtable work. It’s been a long journey with lots of...

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Girl Nights, Girl Drama and Girlfriends

18 Apr 2011

by Kati Smith “Are we going to sit in a circle and cry?” That was one of the better responses to a message I sent to about 20 girlfriends to invite them over for girl’s night. I’ll admit, the message was a bit mushy, but mostly it was just honest. Really, I didn’t plan to sit in a circle and cry, but I couldn’t make...

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Random Thursday: Meet Handy

14 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith We thought we’d give you a frightening behind-the-scenes look at the nonsense that regularly happens in between our WM events and conferences. Kayla is usually at the forefront of any shenanigans and I’m usually the instigator. In addition to being the Executive Director for a literacy foundation, teaching children’s bible study classes, and volunteering countless hours on WM’s Exec team, Kayla...

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Virtuous Is the New Sexy: Commentary on Proverbs 31

13 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I stumbled across this commentary by Matthew Henry on Proverbs 31:10 as I was preparing for my last talk. I like to call the wise woman described in Proverbs 31 a “hard to find” woman because girls like her are scarce in our world today. It might not be sexy to be a considered a “virtuous” woman today, but like Proverbs...

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Snapshots From Radiant: Our SCU Chapter’s Annual Spring Seminar

11 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith Showing our Psalm 139 short film… Meghan leading acoustic worship… Kayla bringing the truth (in dangerously high heels of course!) Our photo booth backdrop… Posing pretty… And of course Kayla & I are doing the “rabid squirrel” pose. Santa Cruz girls! Next time I think we’ll make the photo booth a little bigger! Speakers… Who says white girls can’t jump?

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1 Day Countdown to Radiant!

08 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith We’re officially on the one day countdown til tomorrow’s event! Saturday will mark our Santa Clara University chapter’s six annual spring seminar event! I’m so excited (and a lil’ nervous to speak) – I can’t wait to be with all the girls and have a mini WM reunion! The Santa Clara wmGirls have worked so hard to make this event a...

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On Idleness and Killing Time

06 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I’ve got some lazy bones in me. When my bare feet tap the floor each morning I’m as slow-going as molasses (I wrote that in a southern accent…did you hear it?). I came across this quote this morning from, yes, a friend’s FB wall (confession: I was reading my FB feed in bed & hadn’t had my quiet time yet) and...

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Our New Venture: HerStory Film Series!

05 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I’m so excited to give you girls the inside scoop on new a venture Wonderfully Made is doing! We are launching a new professional short film series we are calling “HerStory”. Each short film will feature a different young woman sharing her journey – the real, raw, unscripted story of what God has done and is doing in her life. Our...

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Dear Wonderfully Made: Advice for Callie

04 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith Happy Monday Girls! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I’m busy gearing up for our Santa Clara University chapter’s spring seminar this Saturday [insert loud holla and happy dance here!]. I cannot wait to be reunited with our amazing team of SCU wmGirls! I’ve been running behind on responding to girls who email us and so many of them are giving...

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Have I Told You Lately?

01 Apr 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I don’t know if this happens to you, but old, cheesy, catchy songs have the tendency to intrude my mental jukebox during the most obscure moments. Like today, when I was washing my feet. Yes washing my feet. Today it was Rod Stewart’s ancient hit “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” Are you singing it yet? As I...

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Random Thursday: Free People: Fishtail Braid How-To

31 Mar 2011

by Allie Marie Smith So as you probably know, feathers and fishtail braids are “the rage” this spring and summer. The hippie tendencies in me have been coveting a feather or two in my hair, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. One of my goals this summer is to master the fish-tail braid. It’s going to be challenge considering I hardly brush my hair...

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For My Single Ladies: Ramblings from a Married Girl

28 Mar 2011

by Allie Marie Smith Lately, I’ve been having some real, raw conversations with my single girls. While I am happily married you should know that I am a huge advocate of the joys, trials, lessons, and adventures the life of a wise single girl offers. So if you’re doing life “solo” as you will, here are four lessons (or ramblings) I’ve learned from my own...

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Princess Party

24 Mar 2011

by Kayla Mertes What started as a casual conversation with some 4-year-old preschool girls about dressing up as princesses… ended up being a full-blown magical unicorn marshmallow rainbow fairy tale Pink Princess Wonderland Party. We had a pink throne, tiaras, Disney decorations throughout the house, a beauty station (where hot pink nail polish and bubble gum lipstick got a bit out of hand 😉 princess...

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HerStory: Bethany Hamilton (and FREE Giveaway!!!)

22 Mar 2011

by Allie Marie Smith I was so excited to find out from Bethany’s sister in-law’s Becky’s FB page that Bethany’s story was just featured on I Am Second. So I can’t wait to share it with you girls for today’s HerStory feature. In 2007 Becky directed and produced Heart of a Soul Surfer (in partnership with Walking on Water) which offers a first-hand look into...

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facebook, appearance & attention.

21 Mar 2011

by Natalie Lynn Borton Last month I wrote about the comparison game–specifically through the lens of social media and our fractured view of others’ lives. Then this morning Erin sent me a link to an LA Times article on Facebook, appearance and attention–through the lens of our own desire to manipulate others’ perception of us–and I knew I needed to share it with you girls....

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Wonderfully Made Conference (Central Coast – Santa Barbara County)

17 Mar 2011

by Allie Marie Smith In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be hosting a Wonderfully Made Conference on Saturday, May 14th at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Maria – nestled in between San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara. Kayla, Christie & myself will be speaking and we hope you can join us. Registration is open soon – you’ll want to sign up quick as space is...

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Retail Therapy: Where Does Our Worth Come From?

16 Mar 2011

by Arielle Royer A few years ago, I was really into fashion & style. I mean really. I bought all kinds of style magazines, went onto tons of fashion blogs, and went shopping all the time. I constantly checked to see what all of the celebrities were wearing and what brands were the best. I’m talking about two hundred-dollar jeans and a dress in every...

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