Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with My Hubby

I recently read a post by Maggie at Sparks from the Soul called Creative Ways to Love Your Spouse This Christmas.  It really resonated with me and made me start thinking about ways that I can love my hubby during this crazy season.  Things can be so busy and sometimes we lose sight of what really matters during Christmas - first and foremost, God's gift to us, Jesus Christ and secondly, loving our families.

Family isn't always a positive thing for some people so Christmas can be hard.  Sometimes it brings back bad memories or reminds us of what we don't have.  So I am trying to make it a point to love others, specifically my husband, in unique ways.  I'm still brainstorming and wish I had started sooner!

I just wanted to share one simple way that I got from Maggie...

I'm doing the 12 Days of Christmas Cards for him and it's fun!  Each day, he turns over a card a it either has a compliment/encouragement, an activity for us to enjoy together or a gift for him.

I'm hoping that he feels special and extra loved this Christmas.

What are some ways that you show special love to others during this season??

**Oh...and today's my birthday!  Yay!  I'm turning 21 :)  Ha!  I wish!!!  Enjoying some time with my family this evening!
Friday, December 12, 2014

When blog friends meet up in Seattle...

Happy Friday, my friends!

As you probably already know, I got to hang out with Tiffany from A Touch of Grace this past week which was a blast!  Tiffany and I met through our blogs.  If you had told me a year ago that I'd be meeting a "blog friend", I'd laugh, but it's become a reality and I feel so blessed!

Let me back up a bit...

The first blog friend that I met was Jen from Whimsy At Heart.  She has been such a blessing in my life as I've learned about essential oils through her and developed such a great friendship with her.

And I knew Caroline from In Due Time before I started blogging, but really got to know her better through our blogs.  Since then, we've shopped, gotten pedicures and talked essential oils together!

So my 5 on Friday this week is about my trip to Seattle!  I was there for 5(ish) days so here ya go...


I flew in Wednesday night and Tiffany picked me up from the airport.  We immediately hugged...it was like hugging a best friend of many years though it was our first time to meet.  It was surreal!


On Thursday, we spent the day walking around downtown Seattle - shopping, Space Needle, Monorail, etc.  Can I just say...I am in love with Seattle!

Starbucks with the Starbucks girl :)

Seattle gum wall

Pike Place Market

best freaking mac-n-cheese I've ever had in my life

original Starbucks

Space Needle

Happy Hour at Palomino

That night we had wine, cheese, crackers, and smoked salmon and played Cards Against Humanity with her hubby and friend.  It was so much fun.



Me and Little A!


Snoqualmie Falls and Wine Tasting in Woodinville


Young Living essential oils party at Tiffany's

Essential oil mimosas!

That night, her hubby made us the best "holiday drinks" ever!  All I can remember is hot chocolate, butterscotch schnapps, peppermint schnapps :)


And I left the next day :( But it was amazing trip!  I'm so grateful for Tiffany and her family hosting me!

saying goodbye

So meeting blog friends in real life isn't as weird as it sounds.  It took me convincing my husband (FOREVER) that Tiffany wasn't a 50 year old man that was going to murder me.

Have a great weekend, friends!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Favorite Things Giveaway!!

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm still in Seattle hanging out with Tiffany and I'm having a blast!  I seriously love the northwest - I could totally move here.  And Tiffany is every bit as amazing as I knew she would be.  We are BFFs separated at birth! Ha!

Here's a sneak peak of the trip...

Snoqualmie Falls

I'll post more about the trip later!

Today, Tiffany and I are joining some of our favorite bloggers for a fun FAVORITE THINGS GIVEAWAY, just in time for Christmas.

Giveaway graphic

I'm giving away a really cute pair of earrings and a beautiful bracelet from Francesca's!  It may or may not have been purchased in Seattle.  We may or may not have been shopping multiple times.

Check out the other amazing things being given away to one lucky winner by going to each of their blogs.  I wish I could win this one!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Favorites!!!

We're back for the Monthly Favorites Link-Up!  Mia and I are sharing our favorites from the past month and we're excited to have you join us.  Before you do anything, check out Mia's faves HERE!

And before I talk about my favorites...I'm going to be away from the blog until next week because I'm going to Seattle to hang out with Tiffany from A Touch of Grace who has become one of my besties through our blogs.  I'm super excited!!!  Y'all, if you would have told me that I'd be so close to someone so far away a couple of years ago, I'd think you're crazy.  Tiffany has been there for me through hard times and the good.  I'm so so grateful for her friendship.

Onto my November Favorites...


A few months ago, I bought this BareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow Trio (lavender ice, golden peach, toasted almond) and honestly, I love them.  Ever since becoming a blogger, I've learned so much about makeup.  Eye shadow primer really DOES make my eyeshadow stay on all day.  Sometimes I wear these as eyeshadow and they're beautiful!

I have been in need of a good blush for ages.  I was using an Elf one and honestly, it wasn't my favorite.  I finally spent my giftcard at Sephora on Buxom True Hue Blush in Temptation and I LOVE it!  I guess it really does pay to use quality products sometimes!  I know, I know....so many of you already learned that lesson ages ago!


This past weekend, I made Lisa's Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread while our friends were in town and it was AMAZING!  Yum!  I highly recommend it if you're looking to make something easy and delicious!


As some of you know, I've been experimenting with making my own health and beauty products at home.  I recently made some Whipped Peppermint Body Butter using Young Living Peppermint essential oil.  I love it!  It makes my skin so soft and I know that I'm not putting any harmful chemicals into my body.

mine :)


This last weekend, our friends from DFW came down to visit us!  It was a surprise for Kevin...we were working on it for a while before they came.  He was super surprised and super excited!  

We went hiking at Lost Maples State Park on Saturday - perfect weather, y'all!  70 degrees and sunny!  Perfect hiking weather and the leaves were all kinds of beautiful colors.

Now it's your turn to link up!  Grab the button, share your favorites from November and link up below.  I can't wait to see what you loved!

*Forgive me if I don't comment right away...I promise I'll catch up when I'm back from Seattle!

A Deeper Joy

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kauai: Part 1

REMINDER: This Wednesday is the Monthly Faves link-up with me and Mia!  Get your posts ready and link up with us.  Share your favorite recipes, workouts, beauty products, memories, scripture, whatever you want!

Ok, I know I'm super late on sharing these photos from Hawaii but I promised I would once I went through them.  I took a ton of photos with our good camera and finally got around to getting them saved somewhere.

They were too beautiful to not share!  I'll keep the words short so this post will be lots of photos!


Where part of Indiana Jones was filmed.




Oh my word, there were chicken everywhere in Kauai! 

There are so many photos to share so I'll do more posts!  I took a million of the hikes and helicopter ride so I'll be back with those.  Hope you've enjoyed these so far!