Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Big Dreams, Better Blogs

Friends! Two posts in two days! I'm as shocked as you are! But today is a great day!

I have the wonderful honor of hosting a link up with some amazing women! We are in a small group from The Peony Project (which has been such a huge blessing to me!).

Allow me to introduce you to Megan from Arroway Love, Ashley from the Ashley Davis Project, and Kendra from Kenji is Here.

Me // Megan

Do you have any big dreams for your blog for 2015? Do you want to see your blog grow and become better all around? Do you want to achieve these goals that you are gonna make?

Did you answer 'yes' to these questions above? Well we did too! So please join us! The link up will start on December 16 (so you have three weeks to think about your dreams!) and will close on January 5th!

Making goals is one thing, but writing them and hitting 'publish' makes them so much more real! We are gonna keep you accountable and we expect you to keep us accountable as well!

So here's the low down:
1. Come back here or on any of our blogs and link up your post about your goals for this next year!
2. The link up will be open from December 16 to January 5!
3. Share, share, and share some more! We want everyone to be included! The more the merrier!

Monday, November 24, 2014

That time Caroline took pictures for me.

Back in August, I had the ever so amazing Caroline Hopper take pictures for this little blog of mine and I have yet to give her all the credit for them. Seriously such a party foul. And I just haven't gotten around to writing the blog post that says how amazing she is. So here it is.

Caroline Hopper. You rock. I made a little pinterest board on what I was kinda looking for, and she thought of the location and helped me with what I should wear and all that good stuff. And it was HOT outside, and she even made me look like I wasn't about to pass out.

So, I wanna show you her amazing talent. And here is the picture overload of myself. Definitely an uncomfortable thing to post, but its about her talent, not me.

Go check her out. Right now. I'll wait.

Wow. That was way too many pictures of me. But really, do you see her talent? She's my age and oh so good. You should definitely go check her work out.

Wanna know what's also sick. That old suitcase? Caroline found it at a garage sale and it was the same one Allie used in The Notebook. I'm telling you, this girl is amazing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Autumn Crushes

I've been wanting to do a post about my crushes for the fall, and now that we're almost done with fall I figured I should get it in before my time ran out.

I love scarves. A little too much. So naturally, on the top of my list are scarves.
Live Fashionable has been on the top of my life for awhile now, and I still don't own one of their scarves. I need to fix this real soon. My two favorites are the Mulu and the Eden.

I've also recently discovered Jacob's Scarves which is such an amazing company. It all started when the founder, Kiki, was living and teaching in China (I know, so great already) and saw a need to send a little boy to school. So she started this scarf company to help send him to school. And it's grown from there!
I love the Ben and Pula infinity scarves! They look so warm!

I also wrote a guest blog post for them today, so you should definitely check them out!

Music does wonders. It puts me in such a better mood and is so good for the soul. I'm super stoked for She and Him's new album which comes out December 2. I've only heard like one song, but I know it's gonna be so amazing.

Rend Collective is coming out with a new Christmas CD tomorrow, and that's gonna be fabulous, too. I just know it.

Also, Summer made an amazing End of Autumn playlist on Spotify that you should definitely listen to. I love listening to it while I study and go about my day.

On the music note, I've already started listening to Christmas music (please don't kill me) and its been so wonderful.

I've been getting into reading more lately and have really been enjoying it as a means of a stress reliever. Right now, I'm reading The Screwtape Letters with one of my friends. I've been wanting to read it to really get a glimpse of the war that's going on for my soul. I am so quick to listen to those voices inside my head.

I just finished the third book in the Harry Potter series and haven't started the fourth one yet, but I am so excited for it. I have been loving this series so much!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler has been on my list ever since it came out. I'm asking Santa for this one :) But in all seriousness, I really can't wait to read it.

Everyday I enjoy reading so many blogs! So here are some of my favorites that you should check out:
Heavens to Betsy
Oak and Oats
Arroway Love

And if you haven't already seen it, you should go watch our vlog. We had way too much fun making it. Happy Autumn, guys! And happy almost Winter! (eeep!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Christmas Break Bucket List

My friend Taylor and I thought it would be fun to do a little vlog to kick off the holiday season with our Christmas Bucket List!

It's our first ever blog and we actually had a lot of fun doing it! We hope you enjoy!

What we wanna do over break:
Learn to snowboard
Watch Call the Midwife
Visit Charlie
Carriage ride downtown
James Island Christmas lights
Feed a reindeer
Try arm knitting
Wine bottle art
Finish the Harry Potter series
Find a new book series
Make tons of cookies

What we made today:
Oreo Peppermint Bark
Hot Chocolate Truffles
Mint Chocolate chip cupcakes
Apple Cookies

What's on your Christmas Break Bucket List?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Goals

Back in August I wrote a post about my goals for the month. And I was gonna write new goal posts for every month starting then. But we all know how well that went.

So, I'm gonna make some goals for November (even though a week of it has already passed) cause I do well with goals.

1. Finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I'm pretty sure this goal won't be hard to accomplish. When I thought about this one, I wasn't anywhere near the end of book #3. But then it got so good, and I'm about 10 pages from being finished.

2. Study over Thanksgiving Break.
This one is gonna be hard. I'll be working, so when it comes time to actually be home, the last thing I'm gonna wanna do is crack open my textbooks. But I'll have an anatomy test, an organic test, and an organic lab practical in the matter of two days after break.

3. Save, save, save. 
I really wanna focus on spending less money in order to save more money for India and Spain. Especially while working, I really need to focus on not buying clothes. Lots of self-disciple needed for this one.

4. Focus on being grateful.
I know this is probably a tad cliche, but Thanksgiving is coming around the corner, and I want to really reflect and give thanks for the different things that God has put in my life.

5. Work on being quick to listen and slow to speak.
My mouth gets me into so much trouble. I find myself regretting what I say more than I'd like to. So, I wanna change that. I want to work on putting my filter in place more often and really praying before speaking.

Did you set any goals for November? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

God's sovereignty.

Can we just take a second to talk about God's sovereignty? Thats one thing that's been hard pressed on my heart this semester. Is that through it all, He is still God and He has it all under control.

So the other day, when I felt the calling to go to India I really had to remind myself that God has it under control.

A few months ago, I didn't even wanna fill out the application to go. I didn't feel the tugging on my heart and felt like it would be impossible to raise $3500. Especially since I had already committed to going to Spain for another mission trip.

But I filled out the application anyways. And then a few more weeks went by and I went to the meeting just to see what it was all about.

And then I left almost in tears. A tugging on my heart that I couldn't shake. How could it work out, though?

I feel so inadequate to even go. So ill equipped to take Jesus to this country. But I know He's sovereign. I know there's a plan for it all.

So, somehow, I'm going to India. That somehow? It's the Lord. The only thing I know is that I'm going to India and that God's called me and told me I need to go. I honestly don't know much about what I'll be doing.

I do know that I need to somehow raise and save $3500 to go. And I'll be paying a deposit for Spain the same week that I'll be paying a deposit for India.

So there's definitely gonna be testing. But I'm so excited for what He's gonna teach me and show me on this journey.

I seriously would love any prayers! I'm confidently praying that the Lord is going to provide the money in miraculous ways. Would you join me in that?

Thank you, friends.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Etsy Swap 2014.

When I first heard about Megan and Amy's etsy swap, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Basically, you get paired with someone to give a gift to, and someone will send you one as well. It's a super fun way to get special goodies and to make new friends!

I was assigned to shop for Christina. When I read her "Call the Midwife meets Downton Abbey" style description, I knew I'd have so much fun with it. I loved trying to figure out her personality through her blog and her instagram.

I loved looking around etsy for the perfect gift. I knew I wanted to get her a vintage teacup, but finding one that could ship in 2 weeks was a challenge. I finally came upon Polka Dot Rose and loved her teacups, so I ordered one that I thought fit Christina's "Call the Midwife meets Downton Abbey" style.

I also got her a little Oana Befort postcard. I love her work and love how whimsical and fun her drawings are. And it had a tea pot on it, so I thought it went well with the theme.

I was dumb and didn't take cute little pictures before I sent her items off, so head over to Christina's blog to see what she received from me!

Now for what I received.

Elizabeth over at Oak and Oats is one of my favorite bloggers. So when I knew my package would be coming late, I secretly wished it would be from her, because she posted an instagram picture about sending her items off late! (Wow that was confusing, sorry).

Anywho! It was her! And I got so giddy!

So the first thing I pulled out was this adorable tote from Brookish. Isn't it perfect for little weekend trips or to throw books in? I love it :)

I then pulled out this oh so delicious Lindt chocolate bar. Taylor (my best friend) and I have been devouring it ever since it came in. It's amazing, and you should go run out to get some.

I'm pretty sure I was the hardest person to shop for. I think I was super vague in my description of what I liked, but Elizabeth seriously hit it on the head. These wooden posts from Open Door Traders are darling. This picture doesn't even begin to do them justice. I love them.

This little wallet is perfect for when I'm going out but don't really need to bring my whole wallet. It's from Elah Tree and I love it (are you seeing a pattern yet?).

The final two things I pulled out were these rolls of washi tape. I was literally on Thatch & Thistle's site last week looking at their washi tape. And then I got this in the mail. I love them. I'm so excited to decorate my snail mail with these two. 

Basically, Elizabeth did an absolutely fabulous job and I had so much fun with this little etsy swap! You should definitely be involved next time Meg and Amy do one! And go check out all these amazing shops!