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Inexpensive Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

I'm engaged! I realized I never posted it on my blog, life has been crazy lately! I'm in the midst of planing my wedding which is so exciting. When I went wedding dress shopping I decided to ask my bridesmaids/maid of honor to be in my wedding. It was such a fun and special moment. I thought making a proposal box would be so easy, I saw tons of ideas on Pinterest but boy was I wrong! I went to the store with some ideas in mind but had no luck. I caved in and decided to do it all online, I actually found most of the items from Amazon which made it so easy! I will be including links into this post so that you can find these products easily!

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The first thing I bought was a candle, what girl doesn't love candles?! I added in our favorite candle so feel free to add in whichever candle you and your friends like best. I added some options below!

Next, I added these mini champagne bottles that help to pop the question! I found the champagne at a local wine store and the labels I found on Amazon. The pack I found included 10 labels for under $13! (click the second photo for the link!)

These next two items I found were such a great deal! This seller sold both the bracelet and the hair ties in a pack of 6 (12 items in total) for under $12!!! I couldn't believe what a great deal it was. Since I only have a bridal party of 3 I have a lot of left overs but everything was so inexpensive so I don't mind.

This beautiful box is from Michaels craft store. I found some pretty boxes online as another option for you! 

I hope this helped you with some inexpensive ideas to pop the question to your bridal party! 

How To Trust God's Timing

 Trusting in God's timing can be really difficult. It feels like you've been praying and praying but nothing ever happens. Today I wanted to share a couple stories about how I waited for God's timing and how you can learn to trust Him.

When I was 10 years old I was obsessed with the idea of getting a tea cup chihuahua and naming her Cutie. I printed out hundreds of photos of chihuahuas, ordered dog clothes and dreamed of what it would be like to have a little pup. I prayed every single day for 2 years (sometimes twice a day) for a  little Chihuahua. My 12th birthday was just around the corner and my parents pulled me out of school early. My dad handed me a letter  and said "we are on our way to the airport to pick up your Cutie!!" I immediately started crying, I was in shock. I couldn't believe that after 2 years of praying I was finally going to get my puppy. We picked up Cutie and we were best friends for life. Cutie Belle and I were inseparable. Unfortunately, she passed away at age 10. She was so special and so loving. She had a lot of breathing issues as she got older, she needed 24 hour care. Her last few years I was with her 24/7. It taught me so much about caring for someone and helped me to trust God. Looking back, I am so glad God made me wait for her.

It's no surprise that I want to get engaged and get married asap! The subject of engagement comes up almost everyday, once you've been dating someone for 8 years people are always asking "when's the wedding?" "when are you getting engaged?" it can get overwhelming. I mentioned this on my YouTube channel that my grandpa loved Connor and I so much. Everyday he would tell me that he wanted to be there for my wedding. Once my grandpa passed away I was devastated, I couldn't understand why God had taken him before we got engaged. I had a really hard time and started to question everything, I even came to the point where I felt like I didn't want to get married at all.

About a year later, after all the emotions, I started to realize why I didn't get engaged. When you get engaged it should be the happiest time of your life. You should be stress free and excited to plan a wedding. I was neither of those things, I was sad because my grandma had recently passed away, I was still dealing with the anxiety and sadness from Cutie passing away a couple months earlier and miserable because I knew my grandpa was going to pass soon. I thought getting engaged would magically take all that pain away and make me happy. What if we had gotten engaged? I would have had to deal with death while also planning a wedding, it wouldn't have been healthy. Looking back I am so grateful that we did not get engaged during that trial. I am now finally feeling happy and healthy. I feel comfort knowing that whenever it is my time to get engaged and married it will be the most perfect timing because it is in God's hands.

The funny thing with God's timing is that we have no control over it. We think we know what's best for us but at the end of the day we don't. God sees our whole life and knows perfectly when to let certain events happen or when to let certain people come into our lives. I'm sure that there's situations you can look back on and be thankful that things didn't happen the way you wanted. Everything happens or doesn't happen for a reason and we all need to learn to trust that. Share your story about waiting on God's timing below, I'd love to hear :)

How I Cleared My Skin

It has taken me so long to get my skin to the point it is today. I have learned a lot of new tricks and tips to finally have the skin I have always dreamed of. Today I am going to share my secrets with you!

Here's a little before and after...

The products I use!

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
I use this at night. I apply it after I wash/tone my face. I either use it alone or add a few drops into my moisturizer. This products gives my skin such an amazing glow the next morning and is non-irritating.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
This product is so fun to dispense, I know that's a silly reason to love something but it really is so fun hehe! I use this product on mornings I feel like my skin needs a zap of moister. It melts right into the skin and provides a dewy glow.

I love this product to take off my makeup. It removes makeup/dirt so easily.

I have been using this product for almost a year. I use this every night before I go to bed. It is very calming on the skin and has helped drastically to clear my skin.

After I wash my face I place this toner on a cotton round and apply this to my skin. It helps to not only calm my skin but also removes any excess dirt. 

This is my daily moisturizer. I use this every night after my toner. It is light weight and gives the skin hydration. 

My Tips!

Stop using harsh cleansers! Harsh cleansers will only strip your skin and leave it irritated. You do not want to strip the good oils from your skin, when that happens it tells your skin to produce more oil which only leads to break outs.

If your skin is breaking out stop washing your face. I know that sounds weird because we are taught to treat our skin when it is bad with creams, masks and serums but those will only irritate your skin more. When I see my skin isn't looking good I stop using cleansers and only rinse my face with water. At night I will apply a very light cream.

Get a facial. The last year I started getting facials, it has changed my skin completely!! I go to Kiki from the Little Owl Spa. She is absolutely amazing and is so knowledgeable. She likes to use natural, non-irritating products to transform your skin. She uses Paula's Choice products in her spa which have helped me so much. She has taught me SO much about skin, she really helps to teach her clients how to care for their skin.

Do you have any tips on clearing your skin?!

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Easy Smoothie Bowl Recipes & Homemade Raw Granola

One of my favorite meals to make is a smoothie bowl! They have a similar consistency to ice cream but they are healthy and help keep you energized. Everyday after my workout I make one of these smoothie bowl recipes. I also made homemade raw granola, it is so delicious. I usually don't care for granola but this one is soft and sweet!

Homemade Raw Granola 

Here's what you need:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 10 dates (I also love using date rolls, they blend so easily)
  • Any type of seeds/nuts
  • Dried fruit (I like pineapple, mango and coconut)

Blend the oats and dates together until fully blended. The consistency will be thick, sticky and pieces should lump together.

Blend in the seeds, nuts and fruit. Enjoy!

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Here's what you need:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (I buy fresh fruit then freeze it, I feel that the taste is sweeter)
  • Splash of non-dairy milk

Blend these ingredients in your mixer. You want to add as little milk as possible. The less milk you add the more ice cream consistency it will be.

Feel free to add protein powder or a green boost powder. Here's my favorite green powder and it's under $15!

Place the smoothie bowl into a jar or bowl and top with the homemade granola. You can also add coconut flakes, chia seeds, flax seed, goji berries or any other type of topping you would like! The more toppings the better!

Mango Smoothie Bowl

Here's what you need:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 fresh mangoes 

Blend these ingredients together, that's it! You don't need milk for this recipe since mangos are so juicy.

Top with granola and any other toppings you please.

What's your favorite smoothie bowl recipe? 

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Grow Out Of Your Comfort Zone

The past month I have been focusing on growth. I'll admit it, I hate leaving my comfort zone. I feel the best when I am safe and secure. I think most of us like that feeling, we don't like change because we are afraid of the unknown. Not knowing what the outcome will be can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Being someone who suffers from anxiety I like to control and plan ahead as much as possible. This is something that I recently realized is SO unhealthy. The best things happen when you walk out of your comfort zone.

 If you follow me on my YouTube channel you would know I recently quit my job. I was working part-time on top of YouTube and blogging. I got this part time job because I felt like I wanted something safe, something that would always be consistent and dependable. The job was great, it taught me a lot about who I am, gave me better people skills and helped me to stand up for myself. I always told myself "well, if I fail at YouTube, I always have this job to fall back on". It was my safety net. Years ago I was a firm believer in "if you can dream it, you can achieve it" & "never have a plan B, plan A will work" somehow along the way I stopped believing in myself. About a month ago the word "grow" came to my mind and suddenly everything clicked! It was one of those ah-ha moments! (I'll explain more of this in a bit) I did a lot of praying and asked God to have my Pastor talk about growing on Sunday, if he did it then I knew I needed to quit my job and start this new chapter. Well, Sunday came and guess what the sermon was on? GROWTH! The next day I went into work and quit.

I have always wanted success and happiness for myself. I think we all have a different definition of success. My definition of success is being able to support myself/future family by doing what I love.  Numbers mean nothing to me, I don't care how many Instagram/YouTube followers I have nor do I care how much money I make. All I want is to be comfortable in life. I don't need fancy cars or big houses, I just want lots of love and happiness. I realized that my vision of success would come faster if I decided to step out of my comfort zone. Stepping out of your comfort zone may mean you have a much larger work load but with all of that work comes more success and a better future. I have always been scared of going up in my career because I knew I was comfortable where I was and I was content with the work load. Maybe you're comfortable living home or in a relationship but you know you'd be much happier in a different state or with someone else.

Here's my little blurb of inspiration for you. Whatever it is that you are scared to do, go and DO IT! Do not think about it, do not over analyze it, just go for it. Don't wait for things to be perfect to start because guess what? They will NEVER be perfect. Don't wait for tomorrow to start, get up right now and do what you are the most afraid of doing (as long as it's safe). Amazing things will happen to you. Leaving your comfort zone will be scary, it will be hard and maybe even stressful at times but the end result is SO worth it. Think of the hardest thing you've ever done or the worst situation you were ever in. At the time you thought you'd never get out and never be okay but look at you now! You are out and I bet you are much happier. Everything in life happens for a reason. You won't fail at whatever it is you want to do, failure does not exist unless you give up. Your plan may not end up how you expected it to but that's because something better will happen. Life is way to short to be anything other than happy. Today is your day to start your new life and put yourself first!

What is it that's keeping you in your comfort zone?

How To Let Go Of Someone Toxic

About two months ago I was feeling drained from a relationship. I felt as though I never knew what person I was going to be with that day. Would they be sweet and caring? Or would they belittle and bully me? If you have ever been through a similar relationship you know it is DRAINING! (I'm sure most of you are assuming I'm talking about my boyfriend but don't ya worry, it's not him! He is amazing and we couldn't be happier) The relationship I had with this person was very toxic and extremely unhealthy. When it comes to toxic relationships we often feel stuck, I know I did. I didn't know how to get out and I didn't want to hurt their feelings even though they were horrible to me.

One day this person pushed me past my limits and I knew that this was God's way of setting me free. I knew that what they had done to me was wrong and I could no longer pretend that I was okay. It was time to confront them. It wasn't easy, I was shaking, cold and hot all at once. After a night of sleep I woke up the next morning and felt FREE! I knew I would no longer let this person back in my life. I would no longer have to worry about them belittling me and I could finally just be happy. If someone in your life is toxic you need to set yourself free.

Know your worth!!
Don't ever allow someone to belittle you. It's easier said than done but this is so important. If you allow someone to push you around they will think it's okay and continue to do it.

It's not you, it's them
These bullies in our lives are often the most insecure people. I know it may seem hard to believe that someone who is loud and vociferous could be insecure but trust me, they ARE! Ever hear of that quote "confidence is quiet, insecurities are loud"? This quote is spot on. Those who are insecure feel the need to be loud and bring the attention all to themselves. My personality is very timid so when I am around people like this I tend to shut down because it makes me feel uncomfortable.

Put on your big girl (or boy) panties and do it
This is something I personally struggled with. I hate confrontation, I try to avoid it at all costs. As I've gotten older I've realized it's not healthy to keep these feelings inside. It feels so much better to tell the person how you are feeling. If they are anything like the relationship I was dealing with they will most likely deny it.

How I handled it
So you may be wondering how I handled this situation. As I mentioned earlier this person pushed me past my limits, I had given them so many chances. I knew that I was exhausted from the relationship and I needed to be happy and put myself first. I didn't yell, I didn't write a huge text of all their faults, I simply said "I'm not going to allow you to push me around anymore, I am done with this conversation". We often feel like we have to respond to texts or calls but we DON'T. Silence is such a powerful thing. The next time someone tries putting you down simply do not answer.

I strongly urge you to look at each relationship in your life and evaluate whether it's lifting you up or tearing you down. Life is too short for negative relationships and you are worth so much more!!

Have you ever been in this situation? What did you do to get out of it?

Must Haves For Spring

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping, that can only mean one thing. Spring is here! Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I feel like a new gal, my mood gets happier and the clothes get cuter. Whenever Spring comes I love to channel a Parisian vibe. The French style is so effortless and chic. In today's post I am going to share with you my must haves for Spring 2018!

The Straw Bag
I'm pretty sure this is on everyones list this year. They are so cute and go with any outfit. Here are some of my favorite straw bags.

This has been my favorite year for shoes. I normally can't find many shoes I like but this Spring season I have found a wide variety of shoes that I am obsessed with!

Who else is in love with the retro sunglass trend? They make me feel like a vintage queen!

I have been loving the fashion trends this year! I have some pieces listed below that have caught my eye!

Each season I like to change up my makeup, I always go for a natural look but I tweak the colors. This season I have been loving Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and so many products from Urban Decay!

Those are my current favorites for this spring! What are your go-to items for this Spring?!

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