July 6, 2018

Lifestyle

Getting a hold on the time that is flying by is an ongoing challenge, that I am accepting with gratitude. It’s time to share my June favorites and easily enough it doesn’t feel like it should already be July! After experiencing a few years fly by so quickly, I’m coming to the realization that it’s necessary for me to reteach myself how to have fun again. I am beginning to recognize my inability to simply just relax and let go. Even if I’m not getting anything accomplished, by scrolling Instagram and “planning out a content strategy”  that is not down time and I need to let it go

With that said, June felt like the start of summer. I finally am beginning to feel like I’m getting a new handle on this blogging this and finding the freedom to explore new avenues on my own terms and for the right reasons. It’s quite refreshing and my heart is grateful for these learning experiences. My first round of BBG came to an end this morning and I’m actually surprised that I did it. Like, I really did it. I completed the 12-week program. Although I didn’t actually do the cardio, I am still so proud that I actually stuck with it!

Here is a little glimpse into my past month, through my June Favorites!

June Favorites and Review

June Favorites

Retinol Reform

I’m not quite sure what took me so long to try out retinol, but I’m so glad that I did. I guess I always assumed retinol was only for aging skin. Which it does help, however, I have found it tremendously helpful for my acne-prone skin. Lately, I have been obsessing over Shani Darden’s practice and her products. She is the go-to gal for many celebrities and if her other recommended products are as great as this one, I might have to overhaul my skincare routine!

Jay’s Birthday Party

Jay’s Birthday is on June 16th and this year we had a Havana Themed Party to celebrate his special day! We had so much fun and I wrote an entire post on the party, that you can see here so I will keep it short! It is such an honor to be Jay’s wife. He is kind, selfless, loving, compassionate and generous to so many people. I truly think that everyone who knows him loves him. It’s hard not to.

Cami NYC Tank

I purchased this cami from Net-a-Porter at the end of May and it has quickly become a favorite in my wardrobe. I love that you can dress this up or down and it’s so simple yet stylish. It’s easy to feel underdressed when wearing a tank top, but fortunately, this beautiful cami solves that problem! These come in a variety of styles and colors, as well. See this in action here

Daring Greatly

After reading this book, from Brené Brown, I decided to pick up Daring Greatly next. As expected, despite my own doubts, she killed it in this book too. I am the newest and biggest fan of Brené Brown. Her ability to make her science so related and understandable, while also being reliable is incredible. Her vulnerability and ability to share how we can become vulnerable as well (plus why it’s a good thing, not a bad thing) is inspiring. I will continue to read her books until there aren’t any left… and then I will probably reread them again!

Daring Greatly is perfect for anyone who often feels like they have a vulnerability hangover (🤚 yep, that’s me). Like you have said too much or revealed your cards. Or you’re fearful of what others are thinking of you and your inability to control your actions to the insecurities. Honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone. Becuase we are all people who deal with shame regularly. 

Family Cookouts

One of my biggest June Favorites is family cookouts! Nothing makes Jay and I happier than spending time with our family. We had some really great cookouts throughout the month of June and the beginning of July. I look forward to spending more warm summer evenings with our family. 

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

In the past, I haven’t been much on lash serums or any “extras”  such as this in my skincare routine. Yes, I do have a pretty extensive routine and spend my money on masks and things, more so then most people, but I’m just not into “gimmicky” products. Which, up until now, I always thought lash serums were. I purchased this lash serum from a friend, who sells Rodan + Fields, and within just a few weeks I could see a drastic difference. This product has grown my lashes so much and I don’t know if I can ever go without it again!

Trello

During the month of June, I have been working hard to get on track and get a system going with my blog and Youtube channel. I started testing out Trello as a way to keep things straight and organized for myself and for my friend, who has been helping me. I honestly never thought that this would be quite as helpful as it has been for me. If you are looking for a great way to get organized, I would highly recommend Trello! And, if you use Trello I would love to know your tips and any helpful resources! Here are some of my favorites:

Ashlyn Writes

Erin May Henry

June Favorites and Review

Williamsburg Farmers Market Finds!

June Favorites and Review

Our Garden

Our garden is starting to produce flowers and vegetables and I really enjoy going out to the garden each day (at least 4 times a day). Each morning, Worm and I (and Jay if he’s home) stroll out to the garden to check on everything and see what has popped up from the night before! I will cut flowers and pull any vegetables that are ready and bring them inside. Gardening has become something that I love dearly and is very therapeutic for me! I wrote an entire post on this many years ago, you can see that here.

June Favorites and Review

The cutest little guy!

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I hope that you enjoyed hearing about our June and some of my favorites! I’m looking forward to July as we are heading out on vacation exactly one week from today! It will be so nice. I just can’t wait! I would love for you to share some of your June Favorites with me, in a comment below! 

June Favorites and Review

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June Favorites and Review

July 2, 2018

Fashion

The 4th of July is just a mere couple of days away and I thought I would kick off the week by sharing these amazing Splendid Striped Pants with you! I purchased these while Jay and I were in Charlotte a couple of months ago and found them far more versatile than I had expected. These Splendid Striped Pants are so fun and lively, all while still remaining a more classic style print. 

With summer here, I have found myself wearing these during the day with a tank and sandals, for running errands. They also look so cute with a light sweater for summer evenings on the beach and you can dress them up with a nice wedge and cute top!

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This Joie tank pairs perfectly with the Splendid Striped Pants. It is such great quality and a good price as well. I’m so sad that these Club Monaco earrings, that I picked up last year in Chicago, are no longer available. They are so classic, they need to bring them back! I have paired them with so many outfits, such as this one. The good thing is that there are similar options out there. I will link a few below! (All of these are available in blue btw!)

As of right now, we don’t ahve any big plans for the 4th of July but I’m excited that we did finally book a vacation! Jay and I are going to the Bahamas in a few weeks to stay at the Four Seasons Ocean Club. We are SO excited and I will definitely be vlogging! I love going back to watch all of our vacation vlogs. You can see them here.

Do you have any fun plans for the 4th of July?! Please share!!

Splendid Striped Pants

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T

June Favorites and Review

June 29, 2018

Recipes

This Peach Cobbler recipe has been on my summer blog post list to share with you for several years now! Growing up, peach cobbler was always one of my favorite desserts that my mom would make. Sweet, warm cobbler combined with fresh peaches and topped with cold vanilla ice cream is a taste that I long for each summer. I will make this recipe for Jay, and I, and it’s literally gone the next day! It’s so addicting and even more importantly, it’s quick and easy to make. 

Although I’m partial to this recipe, because like I said, peach cobbler has been a long time favorite of mine. I still truly believe anyone will love this recipe. The cobbler base can be used with other fruits and flavors and is basically my favorite part of the recipe. However, I highly recommend serving this with vanilla ice cream. It just completes the entire experience altogether. 

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Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe

Over the years, I have adapted this recipe from my mom’s personal recipe and my favorite Southern Living peach cobbler recipe. My mom uses Bisquick in her recipe and that is equally as delicious and super special. Just swap out the flour for Bisquick and you are good to go! There are so many recipes out there and to be honest, they are all very similar. A cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of milk, makes a darn great cobbler. I prefer to keep my recipe simple and not add too many other flavors.

I think it’s also fair to mention that you can add as many peaches as you would like. The more the merrier, as my husband would say. Fresh, juicy, ripe peaches really serve this recipe best. However, if those aren’t available or I just don’t feel like peelin’ and cuttin’, I will just go grab a bag of frozen peaches from the store. While they aren’t as wonderful as the freshest peaches of the summer, they sure aren’t bad either!

With that clip of storytime out of the way, here is my favorite peach cobbler recipe!

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Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe
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Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, divided

1 cup self-rising flour (or Bisquick)

1 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and slice peaches. In a small mixing bowl, combine peaches, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together. Toss well and set aside.

Add butter to an 11.5in x 8in baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Meanwhile, in a medium-size mixing bowl, mix self-rising flour, milk and the remaining cup of sugar and tablespoon of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together, until smooth. 

Once the butter is fully melted, pour the flour mixture into the pan, directly over the melted butter. Spoon peaches on top. There is no need to mix them in, they do better without mixing!

Bake on 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Mine usually only takes about 45 min.


I should note my inclusion of the Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, in this recipe. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that my love for vanilla extract is mostly based on my love for this ingredient. I’m fully convinced that other vanilla extracts will be as delicious as this one. So if you aren’t using this one, which is totally ok, you might want to tone down the vanilla a bit. I’m not 100% sure what regular vanilla extract will taste like, but I could not recommend this one more. I know that it is expensive, but I buy the large bottle and always use every drop! I have purchased probably at least 4-5 bottles of this and I’m never disappointed.

If you love peach cobbler too, I would love for you to share with me your favorite peach cobbler recipe or ingredient! I’m always looking to try new things! And, if you love this cobbler style dessert, be sure to go check out this recipe and pin it for fall! You will love it!

Peach Cobbler Recipe

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June Favorites and Review

June 25, 2018

Fashion

Bows and Blue

Adding a Feminine Touch With Bows

I mentioned in my last fashion post that I have been trying to up the basics, a little bit, and add a few more feminine touches to my wardrobe. Although I feel so comfortable in t-shirts and jeans, I do have such a passion for feminine flares, including bows and ruffles! Something about bows on a dress or top, or in this case, shorts make my heart flutter a bit.

Lately, I have been wearing these shorts from Club Monaco on repeat. I literally wore them to Whole Foods twice in one week. Am I the only one who wonders if people recognize my outfit repeating? I am so self-conscious about that! Either way, I love pairing these shorts with a t-shirt, tank top, or my favorite, this ruffle sleeved top. I think this combination is definitely a winner and such a great way to make shorts and a top more feminine. I also wanted to share this pair of shorts that are almost exact dupes for my Club Monaco ones and are only $30!

I have owned these shoes for years and still gravitate toward them regularly. The ones I have, have a kitten heel which makes them perfect for daytime and you can even pull them off with shorts. I purchased these for our engagement party, back in 2015 and have worn them so many times since! I also thought I would mention that I actually picked this straw tote up at Michaels, of all places, a few weeks ago. It’s $5.99 which is crazy. I will link a few other similar options as well. 

If you are traveling to Colonial Williamsburg any time soon you have to scout out this garden! It’s right beside the Inn and is the perfect spot for photos. I hope our garden looks like this one day! I am planning on sharing a garden post within the next few weeks, so if you have any questions, just let me know in a comment below! Also, my dream is to share a Williamsburg City Guide. Would you like to see one? I would share my favorite things to do, places to eat, shopping and more!

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Bows and Blue

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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June Favorites and Review

June 22, 2018

Entertain

This year, when Jay’s Birthday rolled around and I insisted on having him a party, he only agreed to let me throw him a party if I promised not get stressed out and overwhelmed. Easier said than done. Right?! However, I accepted his terms and did my best to keep things low key. Knowing Jay’s love for all things Miami, I thought it would be fun to have Jay a Havana themed birthday party. A string of lights, a few cigars, and maybe a few shots Fireball later, we danced the night away and had ourselves a Havana themed party we will never forget!

Becuase I promised to keep things simple, and stress-free, I didn’t take the Havana theme too far. But, I think we didn’t a pretty good job of adding a few touches here, and there. So, I wanted to share a little party post with you! If you are thinking about having a Havana themed party, my best advice is to go for it! Next time, I would definitely pick up a few fedoras and black sunglasses, for the guests. Speaking of which, this Havana themed party wouldn’t have been much fun without our guests. We truly have the most amazing family and friends! 

A quick note before the photos! I discovered these disposable palm leaf plates on Amazon and highly recommend them. They make disposable plates look so fab. If you are having any fun outdoor summer parties, definitely check these out! We loved them! Also, I picked up this dress for the party and I’m so happy that I did. I actually snagged it on sale (it’s still on sale!) and I know that that I will be wearing this over and over. It’s cut so beautifully and the color is amazing! It runs true to size. I wear a US 6 in just about everything and I am wearing a six here too!

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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How adorable is my little cousin? She is so full of personality and I just love her to pieces! You might recognize her from our wedding! She was one of our flower girls, along with her sister!

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Palm Leaf Plates Amazon

My Dress Alice + Olivia

Gold Metallic Tattoos Meri Meri, more options here

Candles Meri Meri (These aren’t shown, but these sparkler candles were everything! I don’t think we will ahve another birthday without them!)

Cocktail Napkins similar

Fruit Tray Pedestal Mackenzie Childs

Cake Scratch Bakery 

Cookies Southern Sugar Bakery (These girls are amazing! They made our wedding cookies too!)

Catering Cafe Rio

Photography  Maks Captured Moments

 

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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June Favorites and Review

June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

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Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

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Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

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What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

Photos by Tiffany Sigmon

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

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June Favorites and Review

July 2, 2018

Fashion

The 4th of July is just a mere couple of days away and I thought I would kick off the week by sharing these amazing Splendid Striped Pants with you! I purchased these while Jay and I were in Charlotte a couple of months ago and found them far more versatile than I had expected. These Splendid Striped Pants are so fun and lively, all while still remaining a more classic style print. 

With summer here, I have found myself wearing these during the day with a tank and sandals, for running errands. They also look so cute with a light sweater for summer evenings on the beach and you can dress them up with a nice wedge and cute top!

Splendid Striped Pants

Tank, Pants, Sandals similar, Sunglasses, Earrings similar, Bracelet, Bag similar

Splendid Striped Pants Splendid Striped Pants

Splendid Striped Pants
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This Joie tank pairs perfectly with the Splendid Striped Pants. It is such great quality and a good price as well. I’m so sad that these Club Monaco earrings, that I picked up last year in Chicago, are no longer available. They are so classic, they need to bring them back! I have paired them with so many outfits, such as this one. The good thing is that there are similar options out there. I will link a few below! (All of these are available in blue btw!)

As of right now, we don’t ahve any big plans for the 4th of July but I’m excited that we did finally book a vacation! Jay and I are going to the Bahamas in a few weeks to stay at the Four Seasons Ocean Club. We are SO excited and I will definitely be vlogging! I love going back to watch all of our vacation vlogs. You can see them here.

Do you have any fun plans for the 4th of July?! Please share!!

Splendid Striped Pants

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June 29, 2018

Recipes

This Peach Cobbler recipe has been on my summer blog post list to share with you for several years now! Growing up, peach cobbler was always one of my favorite desserts that my mom would make. Sweet, warm cobbler combined with fresh peaches and topped with cold vanilla ice cream is a taste that I long for each summer. I will make this recipe for Jay, and I, and it’s literally gone the next day! It’s so addicting and even more importantly, it’s quick and easy to make. 

Although I’m partial to this recipe, because like I said, peach cobbler has been a long time favorite of mine. I still truly believe anyone will love this recipe. The cobbler base can be used with other fruits and flavors and is basically my favorite part of the recipe. However, I highly recommend serving this with vanilla ice cream. It just completes the entire experience altogether. 

Peach Cobbler Recipe Peach Cobbler Recipe

Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe

Over the years, I have adapted this recipe from my mom’s personal recipe and my favorite Southern Living peach cobbler recipe. My mom uses Bisquick in her recipe and that is equally as delicious and super special. Just swap out the flour for Bisquick and you are good to go! There are so many recipes out there and to be honest, they are all very similar. A cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of milk, makes a darn great cobbler. I prefer to keep my recipe simple and not add too many other flavors.

I think it’s also fair to mention that you can add as many peaches as you would like. The more the merrier, as my husband would say. Fresh, juicy, ripe peaches really serve this recipe best. However, if those aren’t available or I just don’t feel like peelin’ and cuttin’, I will just go grab a bag of frozen peaches from the store. While they aren’t as wonderful as the freshest peaches of the summer, they sure aren’t bad either!

With that clip of storytime out of the way, here is my favorite peach cobbler recipe!

Peach Cobbler Recipe Peach Cobbler Recipe

Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peach Cobbler Recipe

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Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, divided

1 cup self-rising flour (or Bisquick)

1 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and slice peaches. In a small mixing bowl, combine peaches, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together. Toss well and set aside.

Add butter to an 11.5in x 8in baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Meanwhile, in a medium-size mixing bowl, mix self-rising flour, milk and the remaining cup of sugar and tablespoon of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together, until smooth. 

Once the butter is fully melted, pour the flour mixture into the pan, directly over the melted butter. Spoon peaches on top. There is no need to mix them in, they do better without mixing!

Bake on 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Mine usually only takes about 45 min.


I should note my inclusion of the Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, in this recipe. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that my love for vanilla extract is mostly based on my love for this ingredient. I’m fully convinced that other vanilla extracts will be as delicious as this one. So if you aren’t using this one, which is totally ok, you might want to tone down the vanilla a bit. I’m not 100% sure what regular vanilla extract will taste like, but I could not recommend this one more. I know that it is expensive, but I buy the large bottle and always use every drop! I have purchased probably at least 4-5 bottles of this and I’m never disappointed.

If you love peach cobbler too, I would love for you to share with me your favorite peach cobbler recipe or ingredient! I’m always looking to try new things! And, if you love this cobbler style dessert, be sure to go check out this recipe and pin it for fall! You will love it!

Peach Cobbler Recipe

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June 25, 2018

Fashion

Bows and Blue

Adding a Feminine Touch With Bows

I mentioned in my last fashion post that I have been trying to up the basics, a little bit, and add a few more feminine touches to my wardrobe. Although I feel so comfortable in t-shirts and jeans, I do have such a passion for feminine flares, including bows and ruffles! Something about bows on a dress or top, or in this case, shorts make my heart flutter a bit.

Lately, I have been wearing these shorts from Club Monaco on repeat. I literally wore them to Whole Foods twice in one week. Am I the only one who wonders if people recognize my outfit repeating? I am so self-conscious about that! Either way, I love pairing these shorts with a t-shirt, tank top, or my favorite, this ruffle sleeved top. I think this combination is definitely a winner and such a great way to make shorts and a top more feminine. I also wanted to share this pair of shorts that are almost exact dupes for my Club Monaco ones and are only $30!

I have owned these shoes for years and still gravitate toward them regularly. The ones I have, have a kitten heel which makes them perfect for daytime and you can even pull them off with shorts. I purchased these for our engagement party, back in 2015 and have worn them so many times since! I also thought I would mention that I actually picked this straw tote up at Michaels, of all places, a few weeks ago. It’s $5.99 which is crazy. I will link a few other similar options as well. 

If you are traveling to Colonial Williamsburg any time soon you have to scout out this garden! It’s right beside the Inn and is the perfect spot for photos. I hope our garden looks like this one day! I am planning on sharing a garden post within the next few weeks, so if you have any questions, just let me know in a comment below! Also, my dream is to share a Williamsburg City Guide. Would you like to see one? I would share my favorite things to do, places to eat, shopping and more!

Bows and Blue
Bows and Blue

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Bows and Blue
Bows and Blue

Bows and Blue

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 22, 2018

Entertain

This year, when Jay’s Birthday rolled around and I insisted on having him a party, he only agreed to let me throw him a party if I promised not get stressed out and overwhelmed. Easier said than done. Right?! However, I accepted his terms and did my best to keep things low key. Knowing Jay’s love for all things Miami, I thought it would be fun to have Jay a Havana themed birthday party. A string of lights, a few cigars, and maybe a few shots Fireball later, we danced the night away and had ourselves a Havana themed party we will never forget!

Becuase I promised to keep things simple, and stress-free, I didn’t take the Havana theme too far. But, I think we didn’t a pretty good job of adding a few touches here, and there. So, I wanted to share a little party post with you! If you are thinking about having a Havana themed party, my best advice is to go for it! Next time, I would definitely pick up a few fedoras and black sunglasses, for the guests. Speaking of which, this Havana themed party wouldn’t have been much fun without our guests. We truly have the most amazing family and friends! 

A quick note before the photos! I discovered these disposable palm leaf plates on Amazon and highly recommend them. They make disposable plates look so fab. If you are having any fun outdoor summer parties, definitely check these out! We loved them! Also, I picked up this dress for the party and I’m so happy that I did. I actually snagged it on sale (it’s still on sale!) and I know that that I will be wearing this over and over. It’s cut so beautifully and the color is amazing! It runs true to size. I wear a US 6 in just about everything and I am wearing a six here too!

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party

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Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party

How adorable is my little cousin? She is so full of personality and I just love her to pieces! You might recognize her from our wedding! She was one of our flower girls, along with her sister!

Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party

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Sources

 

Palm Leaf Plates Amazon

My Dress Alice + Olivia

Gold Metallic Tattoos Meri Meri, more options here

Candles Meri Meri (These aren’t shown, but these sparkler candles were everything! I don’t think we will ahve another birthday without them!)

Cocktail Napkins similar

Fruit Tray Pedestal Mackenzie Childs

Cake Scratch Bakery 

Cookies Southern Sugar Bakery (These girls are amazing! They made our wedding cookies too!)

Catering Cafe Rio

Photography  Maks Captured Moments

 

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

Reading List: Summer 2018Summer Reading List

Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

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June 29, 2018

Recipes

This Peach Cobbler recipe has been on my summer blog post list to share with you for several years now! Growing up, peach cobbler was always one of my favorite desserts that my mom would make. Sweet, warm cobbler combined with fresh peaches and topped with cold vanilla ice cream is a taste that I long for each summer. I will make this recipe for Jay, and I, and it’s literally gone the next day! It’s so addicting and even more importantly, it’s quick and easy to make. 

Although I’m partial to this recipe, because like I said, peach cobbler has been a long time favorite of mine. I still truly believe anyone will love this recipe. The cobbler base can be used with other fruits and flavors and is basically my favorite part of the recipe. However, I highly recommend serving this with vanilla ice cream. It just completes the entire experience altogether. 

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Over the years, I have adapted this recipe from my mom’s personal recipe and my favorite Southern Living peach cobbler recipe. My mom uses Bisquick in her recipe and that is equally as delicious and super special. Just swap out the flour for Bisquick and you are good to go! There are so many recipes out there and to be honest, they are all very similar. A cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of milk, makes a darn great cobbler. I prefer to keep my recipe simple and not add too many other flavors.

I think it’s also fair to mention that you can add as many peaches as you would like. The more the merrier, as my husband would say. Fresh, juicy, ripe peaches really serve this recipe best. However, if those aren’t available or I just don’t feel like peelin’ and cuttin’, I will just go grab a bag of frozen peaches from the store. While they aren’t as wonderful as the freshest peaches of the summer, they sure aren’t bad either!

With that clip of storytime out of the way, here is my favorite peach cobbler recipe!

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Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, divided

1 cup self-rising flour (or Bisquick)

1 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and slice peaches. In a small mixing bowl, combine peaches, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together. Toss well and set aside.

Add butter to an 11.5in x 8in baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Meanwhile, in a medium-size mixing bowl, mix self-rising flour, milk and the remaining cup of sugar and tablespoon of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract together, until smooth. 

Once the butter is fully melted, pour the flour mixture into the pan, directly over the melted butter. Spoon peaches on top. There is no need to mix them in, they do better without mixing!

Bake on 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Mine usually only takes about 45 min.


I should note my inclusion of the Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, in this recipe. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that my love for vanilla extract is mostly based on my love for this ingredient. I’m fully convinced that other vanilla extracts will be as delicious as this one. So if you aren’t using this one, which is totally ok, you might want to tone down the vanilla a bit. I’m not 100% sure what regular vanilla extract will taste like, but I could not recommend this one more. I know that it is expensive, but I buy the large bottle and always use every drop! I have purchased probably at least 4-5 bottles of this and I’m never disappointed.

If you love peach cobbler too, I would love for you to share with me your favorite peach cobbler recipe or ingredient! I’m always looking to try new things! And, if you love this cobbler style dessert, be sure to go check out this recipe and pin it for fall! You will love it!

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June 25, 2018

Fashion

Bows and Blue

Adding a Feminine Touch With Bows

I mentioned in my last fashion post that I have been trying to up the basics, a little bit, and add a few more feminine touches to my wardrobe. Although I feel so comfortable in t-shirts and jeans, I do have such a passion for feminine flares, including bows and ruffles! Something about bows on a dress or top, or in this case, shorts make my heart flutter a bit.

Lately, I have been wearing these shorts from Club Monaco on repeat. I literally wore them to Whole Foods twice in one week. Am I the only one who wonders if people recognize my outfit repeating? I am so self-conscious about that! Either way, I love pairing these shorts with a t-shirt, tank top, or my favorite, this ruffle sleeved top. I think this combination is definitely a winner and such a great way to make shorts and a top more feminine. I also wanted to share this pair of shorts that are almost exact dupes for my Club Monaco ones and are only $30!

I have owned these shoes for years and still gravitate toward them regularly. The ones I have, have a kitten heel which makes them perfect for daytime and you can even pull them off with shorts. I purchased these for our engagement party, back in 2015 and have worn them so many times since! I also thought I would mention that I actually picked this straw tote up at Michaels, of all places, a few weeks ago. It’s $5.99 which is crazy. I will link a few other similar options as well. 

If you are traveling to Colonial Williamsburg any time soon you have to scout out this garden! It’s right beside the Inn and is the perfect spot for photos. I hope our garden looks like this one day! I am planning on sharing a garden post within the next few weeks, so if you have any questions, just let me know in a comment below! Also, my dream is to share a Williamsburg City Guide. Would you like to see one? I would share my favorite things to do, places to eat, shopping and more!

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June 22, 2018

Entertain

This year, when Jay’s Birthday rolled around and I insisted on having him a party, he only agreed to let me throw him a party if I promised not get stressed out and overwhelmed. Easier said than done. Right?! However, I accepted his terms and did my best to keep things low key. Knowing Jay’s love for all things Miami, I thought it would be fun to have Jay a Havana themed birthday party. A string of lights, a few cigars, and maybe a few shots Fireball later, we danced the night away and had ourselves a Havana themed party we will never forget!

Becuase I promised to keep things simple, and stress-free, I didn’t take the Havana theme too far. But, I think we didn’t a pretty good job of adding a few touches here, and there. So, I wanted to share a little party post with you! If you are thinking about having a Havana themed party, my best advice is to go for it! Next time, I would definitely pick up a few fedoras and black sunglasses, for the guests. Speaking of which, this Havana themed party wouldn’t have been much fun without our guests. We truly have the most amazing family and friends! 

A quick note before the photos! I discovered these disposable palm leaf plates on Amazon and highly recommend them. They make disposable plates look so fab. If you are having any fun outdoor summer parties, definitely check these out! We loved them! Also, I picked up this dress for the party and I’m so happy that I did. I actually snagged it on sale (it’s still on sale!) and I know that that I will be wearing this over and over. It’s cut so beautifully and the color is amazing! It runs true to size. I wear a US 6 in just about everything and I am wearing a six here too!

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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How adorable is my little cousin? She is so full of personality and I just love her to pieces! You might recognize her from our wedding! She was one of our flower girls, along with her sister!

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Palm Leaf Plates Amazon

My Dress Alice + Olivia

Gold Metallic Tattoos Meri Meri, more options here

Candles Meri Meri (These aren’t shown, but these sparkler candles were everything! I don’t think we will ahve another birthday without them!)

Cocktail Napkins similar

Fruit Tray Pedestal Mackenzie Childs

Cake Scratch Bakery 

Cookies Southern Sugar Bakery (These girls are amazing! They made our wedding cookies too!)

Catering Cafe Rio

Photography  Maks Captured Moments

 

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

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Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials Pink Silk Basics: Two Timeless Fashion Essentials

What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

Photos by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

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Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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June 25, 2018

Fashion

Bows and Blue

Adding a Feminine Touch With Bows

I mentioned in my last fashion post that I have been trying to up the basics, a little bit, and add a few more feminine touches to my wardrobe. Although I feel so comfortable in t-shirts and jeans, I do have such a passion for feminine flares, including bows and ruffles! Something about bows on a dress or top, or in this case, shorts make my heart flutter a bit.

Lately, I have been wearing these shorts from Club Monaco on repeat. I literally wore them to Whole Foods twice in one week. Am I the only one who wonders if people recognize my outfit repeating? I am so self-conscious about that! Either way, I love pairing these shorts with a t-shirt, tank top, or my favorite, this ruffle sleeved top. I think this combination is definitely a winner and such a great way to make shorts and a top more feminine. I also wanted to share this pair of shorts that are almost exact dupes for my Club Monaco ones and are only $30!

I have owned these shoes for years and still gravitate toward them regularly. The ones I have, have a kitten heel which makes them perfect for daytime and you can even pull them off with shorts. I purchased these for our engagement party, back in 2015 and have worn them so many times since! I also thought I would mention that I actually picked this straw tote up at Michaels, of all places, a few weeks ago. It’s $5.99 which is crazy. I will link a few other similar options as well. 

If you are traveling to Colonial Williamsburg any time soon you have to scout out this garden! It’s right beside the Inn and is the perfect spot for photos. I hope our garden looks like this one day! I am planning on sharing a garden post within the next few weeks, so if you have any questions, just let me know in a comment below! Also, my dream is to share a Williamsburg City Guide. Would you like to see one? I would share my favorite things to do, places to eat, shopping and more!

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June 22, 2018

Entertain

This year, when Jay’s Birthday rolled around and I insisted on having him a party, he only agreed to let me throw him a party if I promised not get stressed out and overwhelmed. Easier said than done. Right?! However, I accepted his terms and did my best to keep things low key. Knowing Jay’s love for all things Miami, I thought it would be fun to have Jay a Havana themed birthday party. A string of lights, a few cigars, and maybe a few shots Fireball later, we danced the night away and had ourselves a Havana themed party we will never forget!

Becuase I promised to keep things simple, and stress-free, I didn’t take the Havana theme too far. But, I think we didn’t a pretty good job of adding a few touches here, and there. So, I wanted to share a little party post with you! If you are thinking about having a Havana themed party, my best advice is to go for it! Next time, I would definitely pick up a few fedoras and black sunglasses, for the guests. Speaking of which, this Havana themed party wouldn’t have been much fun without our guests. We truly have the most amazing family and friends! 

A quick note before the photos! I discovered these disposable palm leaf plates on Amazon and highly recommend them. They make disposable plates look so fab. If you are having any fun outdoor summer parties, definitely check these out! We loved them! Also, I picked up this dress for the party and I’m so happy that I did. I actually snagged it on sale (it’s still on sale!) and I know that that I will be wearing this over and over. It’s cut so beautifully and the color is amazing! It runs true to size. I wear a US 6 in just about everything and I am wearing a six here too!

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How adorable is my little cousin? She is so full of personality and I just love her to pieces! You might recognize her from our wedding! She was one of our flower girls, along with her sister!

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Palm Leaf Plates Amazon

My Dress Alice + Olivia

Gold Metallic Tattoos Meri Meri, more options here

Candles Meri Meri (These aren’t shown, but these sparkler candles were everything! I don’t think we will ahve another birthday without them!)

Cocktail Napkins similar

Fruit Tray Pedestal Mackenzie Childs

Cake Scratch Bakery 

Cookies Southern Sugar Bakery (These girls are amazing! They made our wedding cookies too!)

Catering Cafe Rio

Photography  Maks Captured Moments

 

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June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

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Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

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Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

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What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

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Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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May 29, 2018

Lifestyle

 I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.

Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come. 

After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.

Faith

Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. 

I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action. 

A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown

Being a Believer vs. Having Faith

My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.

After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.

Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.

Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“. 

Faith and Uncertainty

At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!

No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith. 

What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!

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