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! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apple Picking with the fam bam.

This weekend my parents came to visit and we had so much fun! It was so good to see them after I said goodbye mid-August. Although I did miss my sister :(

On Saturday, we went up to the apple orchard and got to pick apples, so I thought I'd share some pictures from our time.

I thought it was the perfect fall outing. Nothing like long sleeves with the crunch of fall leaves beneath my feet.

The good apples are at the top :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Taking care of those lips

Chapstick. Where do I begin? I'm a chapstick lover and love the Chapstick brand with all my heart. So when I was given the chance to review the new Chapstick Dual Ended Hydration Lock, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to try them out.

So my thoughts? I really like it. I love keeping the Day and Night stick by my bed so I can put it on when I wake up and before I go to bed. I keep the moisture and renew stick in my backpack to use during the day.

I like the fact that they don't have a scent, because I don't get tired of it as quickly. Usually I have to be in the mood to put a flavor on my lips and I'm not always in the mood for that.

Also, having them double ended makes it easier to use. Instead of having multiple sticks, they combines 2 in 1 and made it super easy. I also love that the day side has sunscreen in it. I never think of my lips burning, but it gives me a peace of mind that they're being well protected, especially after learning about the skin these past few weeks in Anatomy.

So, overall? Go get some. Your lips will thank me later. 

I was compensated by Birchbox as a part of #birchbloggers to review this product. All opinions are my own. Those can't be bought.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Voices

We're getting into the thick of it. School that is.

And I have my first Organic Chemistry test this Friday. And Organic homework due Thursday that still isn't finished.

So, naturally, I'm stressed and thinking of the worst case scenarios.

But thinking about those worst case scenarios is stealing my joy. It's Satan stealing my joy.

John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

So, why am I living like this? Why do I live with my joy stolen from me? I can't jump to conclusions about what will be, but have faith in God and in what He will do.

I need to stop living in fear and start living in the freedom found in Christ. I need to stop listening to the voices that tell me I can't do this and start listening to The Voice that tells me He can. I need to stop listening to the doubts and worries and start listening to the beliefs and trust.

So, it's a work in progress. All of it. But I am learning to trust in Him and listen to what He says, not what I or the world may say.

(After writing this, I am reminded of Jess' posts about Grace in the Thick of It and how God shows up wherever we are).

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Fall Giveaway!

Fall season is almost here. And I couldn't be more excited about it! What does fall mean? Boots, sweaters, and my favorite, scarves.

So, today I want to share a new favorite of mine, Pandowdwee. I was contacted by my friend to do a giveaway with her and some other wonderful women and I couldn't be more thrilled about it.

If you know me, you know I love many things, but of those things are scarves, sheep, and handmade items.

Well, guess what? Pandowdee falls under all three categories! (Their scarves aren't made out of wool, but they do own a sheep farm which is still pretty exciting!)

One of my favorite items in the pandowdee shop is this armknit infinity scarf!  I just love cozy scarves for fall and winter, and this one has such great color and texture!  What's even more exciting is that pandowdee is giving this scarf away to one lucky reader!

I've partnered up with pandowdee and a few other wonderful bloggers to bring you a great giveaway! Check out pandowdee, check these ladies out, and enter to win!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Being back.

To be honest, I was super nervous about coming back to school for sophomore year. But now that I've been back for over two weeks? I'm so happy.

I feel so beyond blessed to be at school and love it so much.

But let me be an encouragement. Because it wasn't always like this.

Let's flash back to last year. I was in tears everyday, feeling so lonely. I made my parents come visit me over Labor Day weekend because it was so bad.

But God pulled me through.

Friend, it will get better. I promise you. If you need a friend during this hard time, let me know. I'm here.

And if you're taking any hard classes, that will get better too. Just be thankful it's not Chemistry. (And if it is, I'm so sorry).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Advice to my Freshmen Self.

Well, I'm back at school. And it's a totally different ballgame this year. 

I came back early as a mentor to incoming freshmen with my major and I'm totally loving it. I love being a sophomore so far and it's been such a great time so far. 

Sometimes, I wish I would have known a few things this time last year as a nervous wreck of a freshman. So, I'm making a list of what I wish I would have known last year and hope anybody who is entering this new stage of life finds this little compilation helpful.

1. Turn to your parents for advice.
It was so difficult for me last year. I have a little word document on my computer where I wrote out some of my feelings. And I was in such a dark place. I talked to my parents about a lot of what I was going through, but I'm the type of person to stuff my feelings in. So I did that a lot of the time and then got frustrated when my parents didn't understand. So, let them know how you are feeling. Let them in on your life. Even now it's hard for me to remember to keep them included in everything I do because of how busy I get.

2. Set up a good, productive routine that you can stick to.
I was okay at this one. But Netflix. It always gets me. So instead of vegging on it all the time, crack open that book. This is something that I'm definitely still working on, so it's always a work in progress.

3. Don't just study in groups.
Last year I found good friends that were in my same major. They were all so smart and helped me a ton. We would study together all the time, but then I would go back to my dorm feeling prepared for my test the next day. Wrong. Always continue to study on your own. Studying with a group is not all the studying you'll need.

4. Turn to your RA and counselors.
This is something that I did last year when I needed help and became really close to my RA. I still love her and would turn to her for anything. It also helped that we shared walls. hah But seriously, use those people. They're there to serve you and love on you.

5. Use resources that your school offers.
You can't do it alone. I'm terrible at writing, so I really should have used the writing center more often. I probably would have done a lot better in my English class.

All in all, make the most of your experience. I have a quote written out in my room that reads: "Don't be yourself; be better than yourself." I don't even know who's quote that is, but my mom told it to me and I love it.

I'm linking up with Jessica, Gina, and Caro for their College Blog Hop, too!

Gina Alyse