Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh, hi October!


October is here. As with, I'm starting it out by gasping at how fast the days, weeks, months, and years fly right by! It's definitely because I'm an adult. Remember when, as a kid, summer days and weeks stretched on and on? These days, now, zoom past faster than I can even keep track of. Alas, here I am. Blogging. 

Also, in the spirit of being repetitive, the older I get, the more I love and crave fall. A.k.a. the less time I spend at or in the pool, the faster I want to be able to wear sweaters and boots. And just like every girl with a social network, I quite enjoy a PSL!

I was reminded via TimeHop that I did #write31days two years ago. I tried to blog every single day of October. I think I made it having only missed two or so posts. I can't commit this year. Again. Because I'm unprepared. Hah. My friend Kasia is doing it though, so be sure to follow her over at! (Thanks Blogger app for no way to add links...)

What are your favorite things about October? 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Movies to see {Volume 3}

I can't believe it's time for my third Movies to see post! That means we're in the last four-month section of the year! CRAZY, y'all. You can see my first (January-April) and second (May-August) posts here and here respectively.

Let's see here....I had high movie-viewing hopes from May to August, and I managed to see a good bit of the ones I listed. However, there are several I never got around to seeing. (Let me know what you saw and tell me what you thought of it!) I did get to see the following movies from my Vol. 2 list:
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Pitch Perfect 2 - SUCH a worthy sequel!
  • Mad Max - SO glad I took a chance and saw this one.
  • Tomorrowland
  • Jurassic World
  • Inside Out - YES. All the feelings. Just YES.
  • Paper Towns - I really enjoyed the book, and the movie did not disappoint!
I missed out on Aloha, but from the sound of my friends' reviews, I didn't miss much. (Hate when that happens! Seemed like such a promising cast.) 

From September to December, I seem to have a shorter hope-to-watch list. We'll see if it grows as weeks go on.

  • 18th - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • 25th - The Intern

  • 9th - Pan
  • 16th - Goosebumps
  • 23rd - Jem and the Holograms
  • 23rd - The Last Witch Hunter

  • 6th - The Peanuts Movie
  • 20th - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II
  • 25th - The Good Dinosaur

  • 18th - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • 18th - Sisters

Tell me - what's on your must see list?!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Real talk.

Y'all. What a week! I spent two days home sick on the couch with a sore throat and fever. 

Last night, I went to a huge high school football game and sat out in the heat talking with friends. Today I have no voice above a whisper. No exaggeration. (I've never been this quiet in my life!!!!)

(Obsessed with panoramic shots lately!)

We have a sink full of dirty dishes that need washing and a living room full of clean laundry that needs to be put away. 

I didn't even read while I was home sick!! I only watched Netflix. For two days. 

Here is the current state of my remaining nail polish (from when I last painted them on 8/10):
I really try to never let them get so ragged!!!! Alas, fixing my phalanges is on my Friday night to do list. ;)

But that's real life. That's where I am today. And it's ok. 

How are you? Deep down. Really. 

It's so easy to get bogged down under the meant-to(s) and need-to(s). Let's face it. We can't do it all. Not all the things all the time. We can't. And it's ok. I'm telling you. Life goes on. We have more chances. Be thankful for every day. Try again. Give yourself grace. 

Here's hoping for a good weekend. Whether that means doing a ton or actually resting, I hope yours is full. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A New Outlook [Firmoo Review #2]

 As you may recall, Firmoo sent me some glasses once before. When they reached out to me to try another pair, I jumped at the chance! As soon as I started browsing and saw these frames, I knew they were the ones! 

I love love love the burgundy color! They were also available in tortoise shell, but the glasses I currently wear are already that pattern/color.

Really, the only issue for me (again) is that I'm not sure if I did my  PD number correctly.

The customer service is helpful, and the glasses arrive within weeks after shipping. 

These two pair are my favorites, so if I ordered more, I would definitely choose either of these!

Firmoo has so many options! Be sure to check them out on their website!

Y'all are the best,

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My #IDoVoxBox from Influenster!

I signed up for Influenster several months ago. Why? I'm super active on social media, I love trying new products, and I always have an opinion! It seemed like a perfect pairing to me.

The #IDoVoxBox was my second box to get. I found so many new favorites inside!! (You can read all about my first box here.) I received it just in time to assist a wedding photographer on a wedding!

There was so much in my box that I haven't had the chance to use it all yet! My favorites so far were/are the Covergirl Stay Luminous Foundation and Outlast Longwear Lipstick, the Sahale Snacks cashews, and the nanoblur by Indeed!

The foundation offers wonderful coverage but is light enough that I don't feel like my entire face is melting off in the Mississippi heat! I'll definitely use it again. I would buy the lipstick again because I adore a red lip (#classic), and I really like that it stays on for hours!

The nanoblur makes my pores seemingly vanish, and I love how smooth and photo-ready it makes my skin!

Thanks to Influenster for this box of goodies! All the products were free, and the opinions and comments are all my own.

Thanks for reading,  

Friday, July 31, 2015


Let's travel back to Jami's post here,  and see what I wrote in my post here...If you refuse to go back and read (boo!), you can also check out the hashtag on Instagram to see more examples of #letsgetpraisy!

Basically, I think Jami Nato is so smart and so witty and all around awesome, so when she started these posts, I felt like, "YES! Someone else feels it, too!" The gospel is everywhere. It can be found in books or in seeing the ocean. It can be in a flower or a hug. It can even be found in songs that may have initially been written about earthly love. 

So, I was singing Katy Perry at the tops of my lungs (naturally), and it struck me! The song Unconditionally is about so. much. more. than a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship! At least it is for me when I listen and sing. 

(lyrics from

I realized in the middle of the song how much truth I was hearing. Listening to the chorus, I heard the words, "There is no fear now, let go and just be free." The verse that came to my mind was 1 John 4:18.

I went back and listened to the song over and over again from the beginning. There's just so much absolute truth. 
He loves me and accepts me. 
He can handle all my insecurities and all my dirty laundry. 
He wants me to come just as I am. (He does prefer repentance to the alternative, which is one place the song didn't quite fit!) 
He definitely takes my bad days and my good ones and gets me through the storms of life - all because of love.

Just had to share that God is working all around us - even when we don't know where to look. Thankful.

You are SO loved,

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Leslie Sisti, blogger of Blonde Ambition Blog, went home to be with Jesus this week. It's so hard to wrap my mind around. A 30 year old wife and mom of two girls under the age of two is gone. I feel a bit silly for crying since I only knew her online, but the sphere of blogging/social media that we have allows us to connect so closely with people that it feels justified. Leslie was my friend. 

I traced our relationship on Twitter hoping I would find the beginning, and I did. 

I often linked up on her Confessional Friday link-up. It feels tragic that she won't post any more witty, bright fashion posts or any more grateful, full-of-love posts about Stephen and their girls. I know in the grand scheme of life, our online posts are pointless to people who don't post as well, but it builds a bond and forms relationships that are true and real and vulnerable. 

I am thankful to have gotten to see her smiling face on social media and to read her heart on her blog. I'm mostly thankful for the faith she had and the peace that her salvation provides. 

Please keep Leslie's family and friends in your prayers as they try and get through this hard time. Her love for her family was so apparent, and I'm so glad she shared that with all of us. 

One of Leslie's friends is collecting letters for Caroline and Ainsley so that when they get bigger and are missing their mama, they can read about the lives she touched and be reminded how much she loved them. Read her post here about how to contribute.

As Leslie would say, "Be blessed lovelies." We can say we were and we are - because we knew you. 

You are so loved,