Thursday, December 12, 2019

Amazon Gift Guide Under $35!

(click any of the items above and it will take you directly to Amazon to purchase)

Happy Thursday! Y'all we are less than 2 weeks out from Christmas!! Can you believe it?! My shopping is completely done, is yours?! I know lots of people are scrambling to get it done because we basically lost a week with how late Thanksgiving was!! Regardless I'm jazzed to spend the next 10 days with family! It's going to be sweet! 

I thought it would be fun to link up my favorite Amazon items for those of you that may need a last minute gift-- the best part is, these items are all under $35 and I highly recommend them. I use all of them on a regular basis. 

1. This Body Scrub is amazing! It was recommended to me by my favorite influencer, Jen Reed. I ordered it in July and ran out about a month ago so the tub definitely lasts a few months. I used it before self tanning or if my skin was just feeling ashy. It's made with all natural ingredients and smells amazing! 

2. This lip balm was another recommended item by Jen Reed. Clearly, she's my favorite. Anyway, I was skeptical that this would be as good as everyone said it was... but I was wrong. If my lips feel dry, are cracking or peeling, this heals them right up in less than 24 hours! 

3. I talked about this guy (Electric Lint/Pill Tool) on Instagram the other day! It works like a charm and definitely takes an older sweater and gives it a fresh new look. No more lint or pills, thank goodness! 🙌

4. These have made me laugh so hard my stomach hurts.. I'm gifting these to someone this year, I won't disclose anything since they may read this but all I have to say is... you need them in your life if you want to laugh so hard you'll pee your pants this Christmas. 

5. This was an item I was not expecting to be as nice as it was-- for $30!! It's so cozy and is the perfect oversized zip up! I ordered a Medium. I'm 5'8 and about 130 lbs. 

6. Another item I was influenced to purchase via Instagram, and I have to say, they are worth the hype. They don't hurt your head or give your hair marks!! It's seriously amazing.. they are on Amazon (Gimme Hair Bands) for $12 w/ prime but sometimes the actual website does a sale and when that happens, definitely snag them from there.

7. This hat is a closet staple for all seasons, I seriously love it and it comes in a ton of different colors!!! I'm eyeing the black and light camel color!

8 & 9. I'm currently rocking both of these items star & moon and huggie hoops. They are my everyday earrings and I actually slept in the star and moon ones last night and didn't even feel them!! They are dainty, simple and I love them! How many times can I say them?! 😜

10. The curling iron I am currently using everyday. I have the 3/4' one. Another Jen Reed recommendation that's affordable and great quality! 

11. This case could be used for travel or everyday storage. I saw a gal on Instagram yesterday use it to store her at home dip stuff. I use it for my makeup! 

12. The makeup eraser is what I use nightly to remove my makeup. Water is all you need and it comes off beautifully. You stick it in the wash once a week and let it dry! No more facial wipes needed. 

Alright, that's my Amazon Gift Guide round up! Hopefully it was fun to browse and gave you some ideas for last minute gifts! Happy Shopping y'all and Merry Christmas! 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Christmas DIY Project: Nutcracker Edition

The easiest Nutcracker DIY that has me totally swooning! 😍  Inexpensive, easy and SO fun! Not to mention- how great would these be as a hostess gift during the holidays!?! Attach a card and sign your name at the bottom-- TIMELESS!

These Nutcrackers are $5 at Hobby Lobby! Some have a staff and some have a drum! You can paint them or spray paint them! I did both so whichever colors are speaking to you (spray paint or acrylic) is a great route to go! 

These are the colors I used on the mini ones-- those are $5 for 6! I'm not seeing them online but run to your nearest Hobby Lobby and grab them! I did them in coordinating colors to match my new felt garland. To get the peachy color shown-- I mixed the three colors on the far left in the image below! 

I mean I cannot handle the cuteness factor..

This tutorial doesn't require a ton of work or time.. it's the perfect way to spend some down time over Thanksgiving weekend! If you decide to make this, be sure to tag me! 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Silencing the Lies

I wholeheartedly believe the that right before break through you're going to feel opposition like never before. I believe it's the enemy's way of trying to keep us in a holding pattern before an amazing take off into what God has for us (like my analogy there? 😉) 

Let me tell you, this week I've felt that a lot and because of that, I felt the need to speak up and encourage those who may be facing the exact same thing. I've had an AMAZING year. Too good to even comprehend y'all. It's been a hard year at times but so good and so rewarding. My business is on fire. I feel so confident that this is the calling the Lord has on my life and I feel at such peace with where He is taking me and Zach. I've grown more and more each day into the woman God has called me to be. Not to say that their haven't been some really hard days but all in all this past year was one for the books and I know it's only going to get better. 

What's your year been like? One you wish you could say goodbye to or one that's been full of growth and blessing? Whatever it is, I know we can all relate with having to silence the lies.

Here's what the enemy does when we feel like we are in a holding pattern with darts being thrown at every corner... we stay silent because he tells us we shouldn't speak up that our thoughts are dumb and people may judge us. Well THAT'S A FLAT LIE. 

I want you to know that the lies being tossed around in your head feel permanent in this moment but if you can rise above and out loud proclaim "this isn't true", there is great victory in that! I want to encourage you to find some scriptures that speak to overcoming the lies and repeat them over and over again until you believe them. Feelings are fleeting y'all and you may FEEL a certain way today but tomorrow it will likely be gone. Don't allow the enemy to keep you from walking forward. He doesn't have that power and if you let him have it he'll run for the hills and wreak havoc on your life. 

Another thing I want to address aside from silencing the lies in our head is, there are going to be naysayers and negative people who try to hold you back from progressing and growing. That's another enemy tactic!! Don't listen to those people either. That's MUCH easier said than done but here's the reality. Are you going to let those people stop you from walking out all that God has for your life? There are haters everywhere and truthfully they are hurting and want to keep you from succeeding so they find anyway they can to bring others down. 

You were made for GREATNESS! I was made for GREATNESS! Together we will do and accomplish great things on this earth. Do you believe that?! Proclaim it and walk it in. Own your title, own your story, own your life. God's doing amazing things.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Fall Decor Haul

It's been forever friends but it's so good to be back! What better way to kick off September than with a good old Fall Decor Haul round up. Zach and I were watching Parenthood last night and the episode we were watching was during Christmas and I was just getting so excited for this next season and the holidays. They bring me so much joy! Anyone else?! 

Fall this year was fun because I was able to build on what I did last year and it cost me hardly any money! That's my encouragement to you as you begin your decorating journey. Start small, find coupons, browse Pinterest, Instagram and find your inner crafter! Each year you'll build upon what you have from the previous and before you know it, you have a beautiful collection! Here are my recommendations on where to grab items. To see exclusive pictures and get links to some coupons, subscribe to my newsletter here.

Hobby Lobby: Grab floral stuff here at 50% off (this sale will be next week). All fall floral is 40% off right now. One great find from here is the felt pumpkin sticks, here is the link for those. I cut them off the stem and used them all throughout the house and even put some on my wreath! 

Michaels: This is where I got the majority of my little pumpkins. Right now they have an extra 20% your entire fall purchase including sale items! I'm sharing the coupon code in my newsletter! 

Tjmaxx: I got some adorable garland here this year. Click here to see what you can grab online!

Target: I struck gold at the Target dollar spot this year. If you haven't been yet, run! I spent about $31 and got tons of goodies. To see the full round up, head to my fall decor highlight on Instagram. The exclusive links for a few of the items that I found online can be found here.

World Market: Thanks to one of my new favorite insta gals, Amy Hawthorne, she shared some links for some velvet pillows that are NINE dollars from World Market and you better believe I snagged some! I grabbed two salmon colored ones for our bed and I grabbed copper for our living room! I'm obsessed!! The links to the copper ones can be found here. To see how I redid my bed pillows, click the link at the top of the post! To say I'm in love would be an understatement! 

Pro Tip: add some cotton to a summery bouquet to make it FALL! 

The little felt pumpkin is from the Target Dollar Spot. Subscribe to my newsletter for the link to get it online! My sign was homemade last year by our friend, Kyle!  

If you head to my Instagram and click on the Fall Story Highlight I share where to find the tutorial on how I made this. I'm OBSESSED! 
I hope y'all enjoyed this little haul! I'm so ready for cooler temps, bonfires, apple cider and more! 

Thanks for reading friends and have an amazing day! 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Basic Invite-- Let's Celebrate!

In my line of work, there is so much power in a handwritten note... truly, it can make someone's day. Simple words, powerful words, the act of sending it. Have you ever thought about that? Taking five minutes out of your day to send someone a letter via mail and let them know that you care so deeply for them. Here's the deal, Walmart cards are great and all but a unique personalized stationary is truly one of a kind. I came across Basic Invite and knew I had to share this company with you all. What makes a stationary company so great is probably what you are asking while you are reading this? Well... not only do they have stationary, they have Invitations for literally just about everything under the sun and INCREDIBLE personalized business cards. Whether you are a Bride to be, a mom of an adorable little boy or girl, a working professional or a stay at home wife who loves impacting others-- this site is for you! They have wedding invitations, birthday invites, classy business cards that are unforgettable (for that perfect networking opportunity), and beautiful stationary, if words are your thing and you want to bless someone. 

Let me dive into what I think makes Basic Invite so great:
1. Just about everything is customizable. If you love a card or invite but want to change the colors or fonts you can on just about every card. 
2. If glitter is your thing, they have beautiful foil options (gold, rose gold and silver 😍)
3. You can order custom samples for a few dollars if you want to see something in person before you mass order! 
4. The envelope colors are endless, I'm talking to you Future Brides. 😏
5. If mom life or fiancé life is a little too much to handle and addressing the envelopes is ONE MORE THING you have to do, well no worries Friend, Basic Invite will take care of it for you! 

For the working professional looking for a kick butt business card, check out this Double Sided Business Card that's clear and this subtly chic business card that has some beautiful pink hues in it! I mean come on y'all! Talk about a stellar first impression on paper. 

For the new mom whose babe has a First Birthday coming up! Aren't these the cutest?! 

The the gal who loves to write someone a note, check out this stationary that you can CUSTOMIZE. I went to the Thank You note section and just edited the words to allow it to fit exactly what I wanted. 

My encouragement to all of you in this is, take the time to write someone a note, or purchase a business card as a "yay me" moment, celebrate yourself and others. We are all worth celebrating in some way, shape and form! You are incredible. Own it and head to Basic Invite to share the love and celebrate what matters most. Because these moments in life are worth remembering and celebrating. 

Basic Invite has a sale going on right now for 15% off your order, use code: 15FF51 

Thanks for reading friend! 

This post was sponsored by Basic Invite. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Warrior Wives

Obedience, it's been a huge part of this season of life and truly soaking in all that God is calling me to do. It's not looked anything like I thought it would but truly I'm enjoying every second of it. I feel driven, inspired, motivated and like I am walking out the calling that God has on my life.. isn't that an amazing place to be in? If you're reading this and don't feel like you're in that place in your life yet I want to encourage you to keep exploring and keep doing the hard. God has great things in store for your life. Trust in that reality.

 I'm coming to you on the blog today because I'm thrilled. I'm thrilled to annouce a big thing God has put on my heart and that thing is called, Warrior Wives. What is that you might be asking? Well.. the Lord has been doing some things in my heart and pressing things upon me that He wants me to do in the coming months, maybe years (more on that later), and one day I got a smack to the face with this idea from Him. 

As I've been navigating the world and life as a military wife, I've come to realize these things.. women are longing for community and to be loved, they are longing for someone to understand their lifestyle, they want authentic friendship, and most of them want the most out of their life, walking out the calling God has for them. As I've navigated what my life looks like with Zach and finding my own way, that's what I've come to realize about some of these military wives. From that, Warrior Wives was born.. a group of women who are wanting to become the best version of themselves, who are longing for friendship and community, who want to be challenged and understood. In just two weeks, I already have 45 women who have decided they want to be a part of this community. 

Weekly, I am putting out content, encouraging words, and scripture to challenge, motivate and inspire them in their daily lives. If I'm honest with you, I'm not sure what all the road ahead with it looks like but I am being diligent and obeying the task that has been placed before me. I know God has great things in store. If you are a military wife yourself or know a wife (or soon to be wife) that needs a space to become better, feel loved and understood then JOIN US! You are welcome. Just as you are regardless of age, rank, or job. This space is for you. To find friendship, be encouraged and know that you are loved by the ONE who loves us so well. 

Thanks for reading, friend! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

My Journey Over the Last 5 Years

Let me tell you a story about a girl, who in the summer of 2014 headed off to college with so many aspirations and dreams. A girl who was so excited about her future and what was ahead even though it was terrifying all at the same time. A girl who was driven, hopeful, and committed to the next chapter whatever that looked like. This girl had just recently moved from Maryland to Texas and felt like her heart had been ripped in two. She knew that moving and this chapter in college was her next step, but she was afraid. Picking up her big girl pants, she tackled this new chapter as expected. Her first freshman semester wasn't quite how she expected. Her roommate situation wasn't ideal, and she was eating cafeteria food daily. From the outside looking in, all looked fine, but from the inside looking out, her body was in turmoil. Fast forward to the end of her semester, she was moving out of the dorm for emotional reasons and planning to commute the next semester. Even then, she hopeful that the next few months would be better while she was living with the people closest to her and truly her only "friends" in Texas. In December, she had planned a trip to see her high school sweetheart in California and was thrilled. It had been months since they'd seen each other and they were planning to spend New Years in San Fransisco. The minute she stepped off the plane, this wave of emotions hit her, and anxiety set in. Suddenly, she was experiencing feelings she had never had before, and she was terrified! Everything seemed dark and she couldn't think clearly. She called her mom and tried to express to her what was going on but this was all new and her mom was confused. She tried explaining to her boyfriend but he too was extremely confused. Abi felt her emotional walls of protection coming up just as her trip was starting. She felt like she was drowning in her head and was barely alive. Arriving back in Texas after her trip, she felt like her world came to a crumbling halt.  Over the next 6 months she battled horrible anxiety and depression, and her stomach started causing issues.   Every time she ate she would run to the bathroom within 5 minutes because the food she ate was literally running through her. She was 5'8 and 115 pounds and within weeks she was down to 100 pounds… mere skin and bones.  Her parents  were so worried about her and suggested seeking medical help.  She had blood tests run and everything came back negative.  We were all spinning in confusion.  How did she go from a vibrant and healthy teenager, to one filled with anxiety and serious gut issues.  A  functional wellness doctor suggested cutting out gluten.  

The following year, Abi was at a new school beginning her sophomore year. She had no close friends yet, she was depressed, horribly anxious and so nervous for what this year would hold after the last. Again, her roommate situation wasn't ideal and things didn't quite pan out the way they were supposed to. Suicidal thoughts flooded her head and truthfully she didn't see the point in continuing to move on if this was what life would look like. She felt alone, sad, confused, and so hurt. How could a God who loved her put her through what felt like hell on earth?  Again she sought medical help for depression and anxiety.   It was at this point that she told her boyfriend Zach that they couldn't be together anymore. She didn't love herself, so how in the world could she love another human being?  She started on medication, which lasted a short 6 weeks due to the side effects, and she experienced terrible withdrawals. She distinctively remembers one day walking across the campus of Texas A&M crying and talking to her mom. Her mom prayed with her and tried to help her move through the withdrawal symptoms. Her body was shaking uncontrollably and she was scared. It was yet another attempt at a solution that didn’t work.  Feeling even more anxious and depressed, she sought the guidance of an intercessory prayer counselor who helped her to start trying to identify the triggers and work through things. This was definitely a turning point of relief. Things weren't all better but she was moving out of the horribly dark tunnel she had been in for so long. She and Zach were back together and beginning to work through all of the hurt and pain that had been caused from the break. From that point forward, Abi knew if her heart that if they got back together they weren't breaking up again. She trusted the Lord's direction and starting pursuing Zach again, and he graciously received her, wounds, brokenness and all. 

Junior year started and Abi was doing better. She had seen a holistic doctor, was living with her dearest college friends and beginning to learn how to handle the cards she had been dealt. She wasn't sure if she'd ever be able to live a happy non-anxious life, but she had accepted that and decided to live her life to the fullest, regardless of how she felt on the inside. She had seen great progress from where she was but was no where near whole and healthy. Junior year the weight loss struggle began to occur again and she had no idea what was causing it. She had been gluten free for a year and a half and already struggled with what to eat. Her mom mentioned the idea of possibly eliminating dairy, as soon as she did that she saw a drastic difference in her stomach issues. She now had no gluten or dairy in her diet. She felt a little better but truthfully every-time she ate she was sick on the couch for an hour or so. She lived everyday with stomach pain, even though she wasn't loosing weight.  Junior year came and went and Abi was doing leaps and bounds better. She started senior year with only a semester left and a lot was happening. She was engaged, graduating, getting married and then her fiancé was leaving to deploy. Juggling the emotions of all this, she was naturally anxious, but her mom encouraged her daily not to focus on the forrest but instead on the tree right in front of her...graduation and the wedding..  Trying not to focus on the deployment right after the wedding, she embraced what was right in front of her and chose joy in the midst of some pretty difficult days ahead!

 Little did she know as she headed into 2018, this year of change and uncertainty would be the catalyst of what was the most amazing year of restoration and healing for her life...It came with a lot of heartache, but God used that for such good.
Watch this video to see the end of the story... 


If you want to chat with me about what I've been doing for my health, please shoot me an email here. I'd love to talk with you and encourage you.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Productivity: 5 AM Wakeup

The title of this blog post might be so alarming it may make your skin crawl, even for being a morning person five am sounded rather intimidating but let me tell you this.. it's changed my life in just two weeks (I'm going into my third week), for a NUMBER of reasons. So hang with me and hear me out, I'm hoping by the end of this post you'll be convinced you need to start incorporating this into your own life. What started this whole fiasco you're probably asking? This article was the game changer for me. On our way home from Colorado I saw this on my Facebook feed and it totally sparked my curiosity. I read it and then turned to Zach and said "Listen to this! Will you do this with me? Give it two weeks and if you don't like it then you don't have to do it with me." Well y'all sure enough we had our friends over for dinner the other night and he flat out said that it's been an awesome thing for him. Here are the reasons it's been amazing:

1) We get to connect every morning before work. We do our quiet times individually and then either go run at the gym together or take a walk together. My favorite mornings are T/TH because we go for a walk around 5:30. It's so still outside and we have time to chat about the future and life and our hopes and dreams. It's truly been the sweetest time of connection and it's only 20 minutes. Imagine if you got that with your spouse/significant other/roommate everyday. 
2) I'm showered and ready for the day by a little after 7. After our walk, I rinse off and then come downstairs and work on a few things at the bar while Zach makes himself breakfast and heads out the door. Once he leaves, I head upstairs and do my hair and makeup. By 7:20, I'm drinking my shake, have my laptop in front of me and I'm ready to start the day. 
3) I feel amazing. This kind of structured routine has really helped me FEEL good. I'm in a good mood, I've started my day with wonderful intentions and I've exercised all before the sun has even risen. Imagine as a working professional accomplishing all of that before going to work? It would totally change your day and make you feel like you're optimizing every hour you've been given. 

All I'm saying is try it. You have nothing to loose. You will be tired mid morning for the first two weeks but I've pushed through that and feel outstanding now. This will forever be a M-F practice for me, at least while it's just Zach and I. Someday when I'm a momma I might change my mind, but for now, I'm keeping it just like this. 😉

Please let me know if you start implementing this! Who knows, we may start a 5 am movement?! 

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