Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing. When we each hear the word faith most of our brains instantly jump to religion before any other words are spoken. Yet, even in its definition faith is not strictly speaking of religion. I believe everyone needs a little faith, not a religion, a god, or a higher power necessarily, but the confidence or trust in a person or thing.
Faith In One's Self
Our lives are spent trying to be the best that we can be. We continually strive for different goals and for the best life that we can each imaginably achieve. In order to keep going and reaching for our best life, it is ultimately the faith, we have within ourselves that makes the difference. If we keep trying to move forward but allow the fear of the journey to interfere with that faith we have within ourselves then the chances of us getting to where we want to go become thinner and thinner. Faith in one's self is the thing that turns and pushes things into our favor. Faith that we can get back up when we fall. Faith that we can dust ourselves off. It's this that takes us closer and closer to the goals we have.
Faith In Others
When my special guy says he loves me how do I know this to be true? When I meet a friend for lunch and she says have a fantastic day how do I know this to be true? Do they really mean it or are they just parroting the safe social accepted phrases that they think I want to hear? It's faith. I have faith that my guy is telling me the truth, so its true, I have faith that my friend truly wants me to have a good day, so there it is TRUTH. Supporting those around you is an easy thing to say in social situations, probably even private conversations between two people yet its faith that keeps these relationships going. It is faith that allows you to believe the other person and its faith that allows your relationships to grow. Even with children, remember I have 5. They all have different personalities and they have all grown into 5 distinct individuals. These individuals are not necessarily people I would connect with on a personal level if I was out looking for new connections within the community. Yet, I have faith that we will be able to continue our ever growing relationship because of love. Its a faith, once again that helps us move forward.
Faith In The Everyday
Moments both large and small happen billions of times throughout the day. Some we recognize as amazing and some we just see as routine. Yet there is faith in the everyday. We have faith that these moments will happen, whether we realize it or not. We have faith that the day will bring what it always brings and we have faith that we will be able to work through the struggles the day brings us.
Faith In The Future
Every time we make plans we are putting faith into our futures. We have faith that the day will come, we have faith that the road we are on will lead it to that destination we are hoping for. Our faith in ourselves is a faith we share in the future.
Faith means many things to all of us. The truth is only you can determine how you're going to utilize your faith. Only you can decide to have faith in those around you as well as yourself. I know that it may sound easy to do, yet it is something we all struggle with. It's hard to know if you're making the right decisions now or if you made the right decisions several years ago. Yet if the faith in yourself is strong, you are also opening the door to allowing yourself to forgive yourself for the failings you may have experience in the past, present, and in the future.
Did anyone else hear the song "Faith" by George Micheal
playing in your mind while reading this?
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Like most households, my kitchen is the central hub in my home. It's the area we gather and chat, catch up, debrief one another, it's where we snack, prep, plan, bake and cook. So much goes on in my kitchen that it only makes sense for it to be a disorganized catastrophe. The counters never see a day where they are not lined with dirty dishes, crumpled up paper towels, scraps of paper, food wrappings, and then anything random you could think of like screwdrivers or cut pieces of rope. The cupboards face the same fate. Inside are all of my pots, pans, bowls, and electric cook wear. Everything is horrifyingly stacked on one another. Things are shoved in and placed in the most inconveniently way possible. Whenever I go to grab anything from one of the cupboards. I always have to hold pots and pans in place so that they do not all come crashing down on me. Out of all of the organizing, I have done these last few months. I am the most excited for the kitchen. All I want to do is walk into a clean organized kitchen. Where cooking and baking is hassle-free because not only do I know exactly where everything is. I also know that I can pull it out without the risk of injury to myself or to my beautiful pans.
Step One -- Remove Everything
I started my process of complete and utter organization of my kitchen by removing everything from everywhere. There was not a draw or cupboard left unopened. once everything we removed we went through the process of cleaning and wiping down the surfaces of my cupboards and drawers. There were honestly a lot dirtier than I care to admit. After everything was sparkling and smelling fresh. I then proceed to get rid of the dishware I knew my house didn't need anymore. The things I thought were salvageable I placed in a bin for goodwill. While the others like my sad scratched up pan from my youngest adventures into cooking I tossed out.
Step Two -- Map It Out
After the first step, I could have happily just neatly placed everything back where I found it and have been extremely happy with my day's work. However two weeks from now, I want to be able to open a cabinet and know exactly what's in it and that it is not all going to come crashing down on me if I remove the one key pot that is holding it all together. So I decided to map out where the different types of dishware are to be placed.
There is a cupboard for;
Bowls, Cups, and Plates,
Pots, and Pans
Baking Dishes and Serving Dishes
Electric Cookware i.e Toaster, Food Processor, etc.
I have a drawer for;
Spoons, Knives, and Forks
Junk Drawer ... No matter what there just must be one
a chaotic drawer filled with everything and nothing at the same time
*Out most commonly used utensils like our spatulas
are kept in a container by the stove top along.
Step Three -- Turn Your Dream Into A Reality
With everything cleaned and mapped out, it is now time to finally put everything into its new home. As each cupboard was conquered I could feel my heart fill with more excitement and content. That might sound a little absurd to some, but all I want is a clean and organized kitchen. Seeing it slowly take shaped really had my heart leaping with anticipation for the final reveal.
Step Four -- Show Off & Inform
A day's hard work deserves to be shown off and appreciated. So that's just what I did. I showcased our new and improved central hub to my children. While they were polite enough to show me a little excited enthusiasm for our freshly organized kitchen. I knew they couldn't care less. Which is my I made it a point to explain to each of them where everything goes and what dishware belongs in each cupboard. This way when a new pot makes it into the kitchen they can't say they do not know where it goes, therefore, they can not put it away. They know it's those little things that drive me insane which is exactly why they do it.
This month I tackled my kitchen in my spree of a year of organizing. In the last months I have conquered my pantry, linen closet, and back entryway. Organizing my kitchen took a lot more time than I had originally thought, but I am so glad I did it. My kitchen looks and feels incredible. While as much as I would love for my kitchen to stay this way forever knowing my family I know this one isn't going to stick, but a girl can dream.
Has Spring Cleaning made its way into your life yet?
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Beauty boxes are the perfect gift to either give yourself or to someone you know will appreciate unboxing health and beauty products that invoke excitement and curiosity. MaKayla and I personally both love the idea of beauty boxes because we are able to be introduced to new products and brands at a very cost friendly price. We also love the aspect of expanding or widening our knowledge and tastes in the health and beauty products that make their way into my daily routines.
Recently we have seen a lot of buzz surrounding a few health and beauty boxes. It is not on a monthly subscription and has an asking price from $7-$5. So we thought why not and went ahead and picked up two for us to try.
Bloom Into Beauty - Beauty Box: $5
Miss Spa Hydrate Facial Sheet Mask - $2.39
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack - $1.39
up4 Probiotic + Prebiotic Gummies - True Sample (FULL SIZE) $15.99
--Came with a sample for two days worth
Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant - 2.99
Total price for products of the same size and weight without the sample amounted to $6.77.
For the asking price and the contents of the box, we both thought that it was phenomenal. We both surprisingly love the way the Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant smelled. MaKaya enjoyed its sweet aroma so much so that it made its way into her purse within minutes of us unveiling the contents of the Bloom Into Beauty Box. MaKayla went ahead and tried out the coconut deep conditioner. While she does deeply appreciate deep conditioners, herself and her hair did not care too much for this one in particular. Although aside from the frizz and poof the emerged it did make her hair feel fairly soft and hydrated. I tried out the vita-gummies and while they were enjoyable to take. I already have daily vitamins and I simply wasn't marveled enough to toss my current ones out and purchase those ones immediately. However, the next time I am in need or a restock, I may be persuaded to switch it up. The last product excluding the coupons was a hydrating sheet mask. We can all agree that sheet masks are a fun, easy, mess-free, and hassle-free way to treat your skin. Admittedly I don't feel like they do as much for my skin and I make myself believe that they do. I still do love throwing one on after a long tiresome day. All in all both MaKayla's and I's favorite product out of this beauty box was the Coconut & Vanilla deodorant. It is not something either of us would pick up if we were out shopping for deodorant. So we are happy to have been introduced to such a product through a beauty box we both agree on is worth the money.
In Your Skin Beauty Box: $5
Pixi Rose Tonic - (FULL SIZE) - 3.4oz $15.00 OR 8.45oz $29.00
Native Lavender & Rose Deodorant (Mini Not Available Online -- FULL SIZE)
Method Body Wash Pure Peace (FULL SIZE) - 18oz $6.99
Garnier SkinActive Rose Mist Spray - True Sample (FULL SIZE) - 4.4floz $6.49
Garnier SkinActive Rose Water 3-In-1 Moisturizer Packette - Ture Sample (FULL Size) - 6.75floz $6.99
Total is unknown -- None of these products were available for individual purchase in the same weight or size. I was only able to find full size options, making it hard to determine the value of the box.
We both thought it was odd and a little funny that the beauty box contained products that all followed the theme of rose, yet roses were not imaged on the boxes design. In truth, the only product that we both like out of this box was the Lavender & Rose Deodorant. It smelled lovely and will definitely come in handy at some point. The method body wash was quite nice in lather and in fragrance. However, if I am being honest it is not something I would ever purchase on my own. I am just too in love with my current body wash to change it up. The facial mist and 3 - 1 moisture packette was a nice little test try, but it wasn't enough to impress me nor enough to allow me to really get a feel for the product. Lastly aside from the coupon is the Pixi Rose Tonic which I found to be a fun addition to my beauty routine. Although once again I found the wow factor to be missing. So for myself personally once I run out it is incredibly unlikely that I will purchase again. All in all, we both personally did not think this beauty box was worth our money. While yes it was only $5 and we did receive the thrill and excitement that beauty boxes have to offer. Plainly put for both MaKayla and I the beauty box was a letdown.
Are you in love with health and beauty boxes?
Have you tried either of these two?
Are there any that we need to try?
We love discovering new and would love to hear your thoughts and oppinions.
Sometimes it doesn't even occur to us what our all-time favorites are until they unknowingly go missing, break, or stop working like they used to. When something like this happens to me. I know that I am left stumped. I quickly think to myself, "How could", "When did", "What happened", "Where are". It is almost as if I have to reroute my brain on how to function without my trusty all time favorite. It's crazy how reliant and attached I am to some things. I know I am not the only one who has beloved all-time favorites. So here are MaKayla's and I's 10 all-time favorites.
My Favorite Pair Of Jeans
There are few other confidence and ego booster than slipping into the perfect pair of jeans that just hug your body in the most flattering way. Such an appreciated love like such is hard to explain if you do not have a pair of your own. When I purchased my jeans well over a year ago, I had absolutely no idea what love would blossom from the distressed denim jeans. There is not a week that goes by where I don't strut my stuff in my fabulous jeans. I love them and am so happy that they are always within reach in my closet.
SO here's the thing that I don't tell most people but my white canvas sneakers are KEDS. I have been wearing KEDS since I was in middle school. I'm in my 40's now. And guess what I still by KEDS. Oh, I have tried others through the years, yet no matter what, no matter where in life I go, White canvas KEDS are my go-to shoe. My parents use to laugh at me because for years growing up I would say hey dad I need a new pair of sneakers and my dad would say okay and off to the mall we would go, me with my old broken need to be replaced pair of KEDS on my feet just to walk out with you guessed it KEDS
My hair is crazy curly. I have always loved the fact the I didn't have to spend huge amounts of time on it in the morning because it always had a look, It was easy to take care of and manage. Yet there are those times where I just want to tame my curls and guess what does that, a curling iron. If I choose to curl my hair it will take me about 30 minutes of my time which isn't a lot but something I don't always have time for, or truth be told I don't want to spend my time on it. Yet when I do decide to spend the time to get a different look my curling iron is my best friend.
I love black clothing. It doesn't matter if it's a dress, tee shirt, joggers, bras..etc. I really don't care as long as it's black. Mainly because I find it's the easiest color to dress and match with. I also love black colored clothing because it's what I'm most comfortable in. SO anything black in my closet, drawers, baskets, hell it could be on the bathroom floor for all I care, I just know I love it!
My phone isn't one of my all-time favorites because of the apps or because of some kind of dependency for continuous distraction. I count my phone as one of my all-time favorites because phone calls and text messages are how I stay connected and in contact with my family. My husband and I are always on the phone talking about the kids, his work, my work, the weather if it's crazy. My kids and I can also be spotted having phone conversations about their lives, what they're doing, if they have any problems, and if I can help. MaKayla and I even talk on the phone rather regularly even though most times she is always within shouting distance from me.
Hair Ties & Bobby Pins
I am always pinning my hair back or throwing it into a quick bun. My hair is awesome enough to where if I do find myself without a pin or tie. I can simply and quickly spin my hair around and tuck the excess into itself, securely holding it atop my head. However, I still find that the love and unacquitted appreciated I have really peeks through when I am somehow left without and feeling in need.
I absolutely love a good sweater. For myself, nothing beats the warm cozy comfort and chic stylish wear than a sweater can provide to you. When I adventure among the trees on an amazing trail in the mountains I love to style my outfit with a crewneck sweater. They are easy to layer and easy to slip off if I start to warm up. in my eyes, a sweater is a win-win always.
I had no idea how many of my outfit centered around the look of black boots. I personally find them easy to throw on, easy to walk in, and an easy way to instantly dress up an otherwise mediocre outfit. Not only do they help elevate my outfit to the next level, but they also make me feel courageously confident.
Reusable Water Bottle
I'll admit there are some days where I don't drink nearly as much water as I know that I should. Although there are days where it seems like the rim of my 36oz water bottle doesn't leave my lips. I may not give my handy bottle the credit it deserves when it is by my side, but it is always missed when I find myself thirsty and not in reach of my eco-friendly reusable water bottle.
Lip balm is a staple in my beauty route. In all honesty aside from skin care necessities like SPF and moisturizer. Lip balm is really the only product in my daily beauty regiment. I am quick to notice if I am left chapstick less for the day and trust me when I say nothing drives me crazier. I love having hydrated lips. I don't know why, but I do. If my lips are dehydrated then so is my month. In turn, causing me to chug water nonstop. However sadly never finding the satisfaction I am so desperately looking for. Which is why lip balm is easily one of my all-time favorites.
What are some of your all-time favorites?
Do we have any in common?
We would love to know some of your all-time favorites!
It's normal to ignore or braise over your feelings. At times it is honestly just easier to pretend that something doesn't bother you as much as you care to admit. Simply pretending you're okay and maybe eventually one day you really will be. No matter how many times I wish for this emotional strategy to work, it doesn't. The more I let it go unnoticed the more it seems to weight with each passing day. My emotions regardless of there severity stack and stack pulling me down into the earth. Until finally I am physically unable to stop myself from feeling everything I was too stubborn and too scared to feel in the moment. When that freight train of emotion stops me dead in my tracks I know that it is time to stop, acknowledge the emotional pain I feel, give it proper validation, and give it my all to work through it in a healthy proactive manner.
To start my emotional healing I need to physically put myself in a safe environment where fear, uncertainty, and doubt don't exist. For my heart, soul, and I that place is the beach. It has always been the beach for me. I don't know what it is about the crazing waves, chilling breeze, and the cold sand. The beach calls for me to return home and the moment I set foot one foot down letting the breeze fully engulf me. I feel not only at peace, but like I am home. It feels as if it is where I belong. Which is why when it is time to put on my big girl pants and come face to face with my emotional demons the beach is where I instinctually go.
Ups & Downs
My emotions are up, down, swinging from the right and left, diving down deep, and skyrocketing to the clouds. It is like they are zooming around in my body banging on every organ, bone, and blood vessel inside of me trying at hyper speed to escape into the air that hugs the outside of my body. My overwhelming emotions don't just come from one emotion like sadness or anger. Instead, it is a dream catcher of interwoven emotions like pain, joy, relief, fear, regret, and defeat. I know that we all can be in our heads a little too much. Which is why I absolutely love music. The beats, rhythm, melody, and lyrics help to pull myself out of my own mind and help to give me the opportunity to undistractedly and consciously feel what I am feeling. As I walk along the water edge, I turn up the volume tuning out thoughts of what I think it is and tune into what emotional my new reality is provoking my heart and I to feel.
Catching Your Breath
Anxiety attacks are no laughing matter. I have experienced some that hit so hard I truly believed that death was at my door. If felt as if my heart could not take another moment of the jackhammer-like pounding happening in my chest. The shortness of breath ensures the feeling of drowning on dry ground is not only possible it's how I'm going to go out. If you have ever had the experience of an anxiety attack then you know what I'm talking about. It's frustrating to know you yourself are causing it, yet you yourself are completely unable to stop it or even prevent it from happening. Catching your breath can feel like the most impossible task you have ever encountered. Gloom and panic start to loom right overhead as if you'll never catch it. It's these moments that really remind me how important it is to take time to calmly breathe and to enjoy each breath. As much as I want to bury, push away, and shove down my feelings. I have to remember that this method doesn't get rid of them. It just simply puts a temporary band-aid on a wound that obviously is in need of stitches. As much as it feels like it life doesn't stop. I still have to work, I still have to be a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter. The titles and obligations don't stop just because I want them too. They are still there glaring at me with all the demands that they hold. Although when the moment comes when I am at a loss for air, I have to remind myself to stop, to listen to what my body is telling me, to allow myself to unashamedly feel, to simply catch the breath I didn't feel leave my lungs.
Healing Isn't Always Pretty
I walk off the pressure of life along the ocean's edge with my tunes energetically flowing. With each step my feet leaving behind an indent my speed increases. I am in no way trying to run away. It is more like I have walking into a clearer and clearer mind frame with every step further I take on the beach.
With my heart and soul finally home and an unclouded mind now present. Tears start streaming down my face. I don't when they started or how they started. I just know that they are there. With each tear that falls and every stride, I take I can feel myself start to regain control. As the sight of my car comes into view, I know that I am proactively healing. I am doing what I need to do to let go of the painful past, the guilt, and forgiving myself for being human. It's a slow process and I'm sure if someone were to run into me while I'm out there healing. They would agree that healing isn't always pretty and that's okay.
We All Cope Differently
Our experiences help shape us into the people we are today. In fact, I am a true believer in the idea that we are always growing and always changing. For each new experience be it big or small influences our thoughts and feelings. We are all different and take away different life lessons. Even if we experience the exact same thing at the exact same moment. It's an amazing trait within individuals, we are all unique in every way. We all heal differently. I cry walk at the beach. May not be a pretty sight and it may not be for you, but it works for me. Which at the end of the day is the most important thing when emotionally healing.
The beach is my safe place, where is yours?
We would love to know the spot that makes you feel the most comfortable.
Brunch is a beloved meal time for my family and I. We absolutely love gathering around our kitchen island assembling our plates full of tastefully delicious foods. All while sharing laughs in friendly and loving conversations. Every year we try to change things up so we stay on the trendy side of things. Which all of you know I absolutely love so here we go with our five favorite brunch trends of the season.
Trend Number One:
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!