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Why I'm Participating in No Makeup November

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We live in a culture that tells us that without a little concealer and mascara, we don't look good enough. We live in a society where women suffer from Makeup Agoraphobia, leaving them unable to leave the house without makeup. I live in a world where precious 12 year old girls are already being told that beauty is something to be bought. We are creating a generation of insecure women with distorted identities.
I am not against makeup! I'm actually a huge fan (you've seen my makeup organization post). And I think that's a big reason why I'm participating in No Makeup November. 
I'm one of those girls who feels more confident when I have a full face of makeup on. I want to look good on the outside because it will make me feel good inside. There's something completely unbiblical about that mindset. God's Word says,
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain. But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30
I am taking the No Ma…

God is Faithful

My husband and I were so thrilled to find out that we were expecting a baby. We called immediate family and our closest friends and asked them to keep the secret with us and pray for a healthy baby and pregnancy.
At our first sonogram, I expected to see a little tiny dot in the middle of that black circle and was so disappointed to see absolutely nothing. The technician didn't say anything definitive, but I knew something wasn't right. Just moments before she was gushing with us about how this baby would be the first grandbaby for both of our parents.
The doctor told us that the sonogram was inconclusive and that we were either not as far along as we assumed, or this pregnancy will end in a miscarriage. It was too early to tell.
I left that day feeling so devastated. I just wanted a little bit of certainty that everything would be alright. But I guess one of the hardest things about being pregnant is the worry and the wait.
If you're reading this and you're a moth…

Oh How Pinteresting!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! 
I'm excited to share some of my favorite pins with you from this past week! Enjoy! 





















































Thank you for stopping by! God bless!

Washing + Conditioning Your Brushes

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I used to spend money (wayy too much money) on brush cleaner, and now that I know that I can wash my brushes BETTER and CHEAPER with everyday products from home...I solemnly swear I will never buy brush shampoo ever again. 

Here is how you do it! 
Start out with extra virgin olive oil + dishwashing liquid + a plate + alllll your brushes. 

Next pour the olive oil + dishwashing liquid onto the plate + dip your brushes into the mixture while rubbing the brush onto your palm to create a lather. 
Yes, that is my toilet. Yes, those are my feet. In hindsight, there was probably a better place to photograph this. 



Set each brush aside onto a towel until you've finished washing all the brushes. Notice I have not rinsed them yet!

Now you can rinse them! Start with the first brush that you lathered in the mixture and rinse against the palm of your hand (brush facing down, so as not to loosen the brush hair) until the water runs clear. 

You can reshape the brushes before you lay them out to dr…

High Five for Friday!

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1. So excited that the Prestonwood Student Choir CD is officially finished! Arranged and produced by my amazing husband! 
2. We had our end-of-the-year choir party this week and they created these adorable (but actually, kind of creepy) pictures of our husbands on sticks for the photo booth area!
3. Since reading The Circle Maker, Carson and I created these prayer stones to help remind us to pray for specific things. It's been a great help to see them in this little mason jar in the bathroom and remember to talk to the Lord. 
4. I have rediscovered My Utmost for His Highest, it has been amazing to see how applicable and full of truth each day has been. Love this devo!
5. I have recently become a Brand Partner with Nerium International! I not only love the product, but I love the business, I'm so excited to be a part of this great company! 
Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth today for my H54F post! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless!

The "Better Bun"

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So if you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of the sock bun. 
I used to have much longer hair and the sock bun took me literally 5 seconds in the morning. So naturally, I wore that thing allll the time. I had my hair cut about shoulder length and could not pull off my beloved sock bun. 
Now that my hair has grown a little, I can not only pull off the sock bun but I can also pull off my new favorite bun....the BETTER bun :) 
I love it so much, I wanted to share with you the source of the "better bun", found on Pinterest (of course). Click HERE to see the blog post about how to achieve the "better bun". 




Below is the youtube tutorial (by the blogger mentioned above) that gives step-by-step instructions! 
Hope you enjoy this easy go-to hairstyle as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by! God bless!

Oh How Pinteresting!

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It's been awhile since I've done an OHP post, but they are my favorite kind, so here it goes! Hope you enjoy some of my favorite pins from this week! Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day! 

















































































Jewelry for a Good Cause

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Stella & Dot has some of my favorite jewelry, ever! I might even be guilty of sending links to my favorite pieces to my hubby during Christmas-time :)

Today I wanted to share with you not just an opportunity to purchase Stella & Dot, but also the opportunity to help a family adopt a child in the DR of Congo! What a great cause! 
If you've had your eye on a specific piece from S&D, now is the best time to purchase so we can help the Vogt family during their adoption process!

Click here to shop online and help the Vogt family!
Here are some of my favorites!
juniper statement necklace
fiona bib necklace
cameron pendant
capri chandelier earrings
renegade cluster bracelet
Go check out the Stella & Dot online trunk show for the Vogt family and get your favorites and help the family with their adoption process!
Thanks for stopping by!

Making Cirlces

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Some friends and I decided to start reading through The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and follow along with the online videos. If you've never heard of this book, I encourage you to check out his website (and even watch the introduction video below for more background).

I started reading this book last year and never finished it but I started defining success for my life, as prompted by the book. 



Right now we're focusing on circling our "Jerichos"; those impossible things in your life that you're praying about. I have some very personal Jerichos, but I am also praying for things like a second car, the ability to save more money, and a legacy of faith (to name a few). 
No one knows your "Jerichos" except for you. Mark encourages us to define them, write them down and pray boldly and expectantly to God. 
Mark also goes on to say that "the goal isn't getting an answer, it's establishing a prayer habit". That's huge. 
Admittedly, I…

A Treat for the Tea Tree Obsessed Father

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Father's Day is literally right around the corner (Sunday, June 16 for those of you who have been hiding under a rock somewhere)! So I thought I'd share some gift ideas that my husband (although not a father!) has been loving!

My husband is a little bit obsessed with tea tree scented products. It's probably all my fault. He never went to the salon until we got married and my hair stylist used this tea tree shampoo on him, and we've been sponsoring his habit ever since! 
We recently made some great tea tree discoveries at the Body Shop (new fav!) and I wanted to share them with you! So if you have a man in your life who enjoys a little pampering now and then, keep reading!

This is the shampoo that started it all! Pretty masculine packaging, so that's always a win! My hubby loves this stuff! He also used the conditioner, but Ulta was all out! This Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo smells aaaamazing. Whenever he showers with it, the bathroom smells invigorating and fresh…

Direction + Hair

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I realize I have been kind of MIA in the blog world lately, it truly makes me sad! I wish I could chalk my absence up to insane busyness, unfortunately part of it is that I just don't know where I'm going with my blog.

I've read some amazing blogs since I've joined this little world. And I so desperately wanted my blog to take on this life of its own and just have all this direction and personality. I stopped blogging for awhile because I wasn't sure if I wanted my little place here to be about cooking, fashion, make up, personal or spiritual things.

After a conversation with another fellow blogger and real-life friend, I have come to terms with my hodge-podge blog and look forward to posting new make up finds, outfits, recipes and whatever the heck I want ;-)

For today I will share with you my summer hair must-have hair products! 
The first product is really the biggest staple for me, Suave's keratin dry shampoo (available at practically any store), it's r…

High Five for Friday!

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I have been MIA for the past week or so because my husband and I have been preparing to move! We're getting settled into our new place, so I figured now would be a good time to jump back in to the blog!  1. I've had my eye on this mug from Anthro for foreverrrrr. Finally picked it up this week! 
2. My bestie had her BEAUTIFUL baby girl this week! If I didn't have baby fever before, I sure do now!
3. So this may not make sense if you have never tasted these chips before, but they are seriously amazing. They stopped selling this flavor (only after I had become completely addicted to it!) and I just found them in our grocery store this week! It's the little things, ya'll....
4. So....WE MOVED! This is a shot of our old place, I might be posting pics of the new apartment in a few weeks!
5. Hook, Line and Sinker. Some of the best seafood I've had, ever. 
Thank for stopping by! Have a great weekend!  Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth today for H54F!

Make Up Organization

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I'm excited to post my new make up organization today! I have been applying my make up at the bathroom sink and it is just not ideal. So I picked up this ridiculously inexpensive desk at Ikea and I have loved it! I've also had my eye on this chair and cart from Ikea to help create my new make-up space.



I've also been using a basic vanity mirror with a magnified side and a regular side. I'd love to upgrade to a lighted mirror at some point. 

On top of my vanity I keep my perfumes, a calendar and my favorite picture of my Dad and I. There is a small shelf below the tabletop where I keep special jewelry that I don't usually wear and a bowl with twistybands and hair ties (this shelf was hard to get a good shot of, so you'll just have to trust me). 


This top shelf of my cart organizer is where I keep all my go-to products and brushes (and also my ipod for a bit of entertainment whilst puttin' on my face). I use a make-up organizer and keep a bag there to put pr…

High Five for Friday!

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1. A clean house. A clean home is ALWAYS the highlight of my week!

2. Ended my trip home with a great visit to the Newport Aquarium! Pictured are my two beautiful sisters!

3. Love that I get to cook again. I'm so grateful to be able to stay at home, so proud of my hard-working husband. This was the tilapia that I made for dinner on Monday night!

4. This Daniel study is getting pretty intense. Had to catch up this week and I feel like I'm taking a Bible history course, but I love it!

5. This poor guy hasn't been feeling well this week, which is really sad but he's been extra cuddly!

Linking up with From My Grey Desk blog for H54F! 

Mother + Daughter Photoshoot

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I absolutely LOVED visiting my family last week! The trip was long overdue, and even though I was there for nine days it only felt like two or three...

So while I was home I wanted to do something special for my Mom, her birthday is next week and obviously Mother's Day is right around the corner. She's a difficult person to buy presents for because if you ask her what she wants, she usually says "peace and quiet" (which is, of course, MUCH to difficult to gift wrap).

We don't have very many pictures together, which is mostly because my Mom despises having her picture taken (although I seem to be a little too camera ready), but I thought it would be sweet if we just made a day of it so she would become excited about the photoshoot :)

I took her to Bare Minerals to have her make up done, and then we proceeded to purchase almost every product they used on her! I'm telling you, Bare Minerals is the BOMB. Some of her favorites were the Prime Time Neutralizing Foun…

Oh How Pinteresting!

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Linking up with The Vintage Apple today for OHP!  P.S. This is the most random hodge-podge of pins for this week! And can you tell I've made the shift to homemaker? So many food pins!
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