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,

Monday, July 27, 2015

Leslie? Knope, I'm Jessica.

I'm going to start this out by saying my typical "I can't believe how fast the year is flying by!"...because really? July is done in mere days. Holy mackerel. Seriously, y'all. 

Let's play a little catch up. As you can tell by the title of this post, Jordan and I have been watching Parks and Recreation for the first time. We're into Season 4, and I don't want it to end. Obsessed isn't even the word. It is one of the funniest shows we've watched together. Plus, Jordan giggling is one of my favorite things on the planet! (I see a lot of myself in Leslie Knope. And some of myself in Tom Haverford!)

I've also been reading a lot (for me) this summer! I always love being a bookworm, but I definitely go through spells of not reading. Are you reading anything good? I'll try and post a list soon of what I've been reading and what I'm aiming to read for the rest of the year. You can also check out #tinybirdreads on Instagram!

What else? Well since I last blogged (OVER TWO MONTHS AGO!), Jor and I attended a WWE event where I got the craziest-odd sunburn and met one of the Bella Twins, went swimming several times, celebrated both Jordan's and Paige's birthdays, dogsat another doxie, made a new work bestie, celebrated Jordan starting his new job, caught up with our friends after they got home from Europe, worked at a couple of weddings, and saw a movie or two! It's been an eventful couple of months, to say the least!

Really hoping to get back in the swing of blog-things, as it is good for me. I want to compare less and share more. Starting fresh again. Thankful for new mercies for sure. 

Also, fight club started for the 4th summer. We're reading Anything by Jennie Allen, and it's transforming our hearts. 

Hope your summer is spectacular. Life is short, so love hard. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Power Anthem Playlist

Music is such a universal joy. I talked about my obsession with Spotify in this post last year, and now I'm back on that topic again!

I have so.many.playlists. I have one each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. I have them for all sorts of feelings and relationships (besties, sisters, etc.). I recently started one called anthems.

So many songs have struck a chord (literally!) with me lately that I knew I needed a playlist of songs that get me inspired and totally pumped up to live my life to the full. I wanted to share some of those songs here with you! (Plus, for whatever reason, it can be uber difficult to find friends/playlists on Spotify. My anthems playlist has the heart-with-stars emoji on either side of the word. Try searching that way if you're desperate to jam!)

Never Gonna Let You Down - Colbie Caillat
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
Life of the Party - Shawn Mendes
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
The Night is Still Young - Nicki Minaj
Brave - Sara Bareilles
Cannonball - Lea Michele
Skyscraper - Demi Lovato

What songs should I add to it? What songs get you jazzed? Let me know!

You are SO incredible!