" I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers "

Monday, October 6, 2014

This quote above is so true for me. Michigan weather is as fickle as it gets, our winters are LONG but let me tell you...we may have the prettiest fall! The freezing weather has started and it will last until at least March *cringe*.  The leaves are changing colors, our scarves & cute boots are out, there are several cider mills/apple orchards, and football is full time. Btw, there has been an increasing amount amount of carmel apple, pumpkin spice flavored things out this year which always makes this season that much more festive :)

-Up North-


My 21st birthday weekend was so fun! I spent it with my boyfriend which was amazing, and my family came up to visit as we went to watch some football then go out to eat. It was such a great weekend! Btw: Logans restaurant has amazing flavored iced tea's, Philip and I shared a peach flavored one out of a mason jar together (whats better?). Most of my gifts I picked out and i'll will share them soon on another post!

nephew lovin
the girls!

There's so much to be thankful for! I hope all of you are having a fun festive fall :)

Ulta sale!

Monday, May 5, 2014

My sister sent me a link through facebook and it's too good not to share! Ulta is having a sale now until May 11th. It is only on Ulta brand products but it ranges from only $1-$6! I could spend hundreds in that store easily. I love using the coupons but don't really like that you can't use the $3.50 off on specialty brands in the store like Benefit, Philosophy, etc. They usually are pretty good with deals and get a lot of stuff buy one get one half off. I'll have to do an Ulta haul soon for summer! I bought a few eyeshadows & eyeliners. I have their nail polish already and like it, and the regular kind is only $2 for the sale!

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The prices will show up right on the website but there is additional savings! If you are a member and currently get the emails...at the very bottom of the email there is the $3.50 off $10 or more,which you ALSO can use for these products. ( type in the code it gives you in the checkout) There also is free shipping when you spend $25 or more. I didn't spend $25 worth today but did get my $3.50 off which is nice! Happy Shopping! Let me know your favorite Ulta products!

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring is pretty much here in Michigan! We had such a long, freeeeezing winter. I'm really glad I won't see snow for a long while! We have only had about a dozen-ish days where it has been nice enough to not wear a jacket but I have worn my gladiator sandals about 19x so thats a good sign. It's time for spring cleaning and switching out my closet..I thought I'd never see they day.

I hope you all had a wonderful and happy Easter! Holidays are a BIG deal to me but i'm in that stage where i'm not a kid so the excitement level is lower....however, I cannot wait to share my holidays with my children! I cannot wait to go all out and make those moments so fun and memorable for my kids, but more importantly that they will know the true reason behind Easter. (the candy, bunny/chick thing is just an added bonus of sheer fun!)  The whole weekend is extra extra special and such a joyous time to celebrate that Jesus is alive! I am so thankful that He died on the cross for our sins so we could live in freedom. There is nothing like the unconditional love of God and I'm happily overwhelmed that I can experience it every single moment. We had a beautifilled day here ;) Wonderful church services, lots of candy, family, and easter eggs! He is risen!

                                                                           My Family :)

 mom, two of my sweet cousins, my sis & bro-in-law & my nephew! (such a fun 1st Easter for him!) 
yes haha my mom still gets me an Easter basket ;) 
she's the best!

                                                 this song is AMAZING...GO LISTEN!

         I adore this guy. Wednesday will be 1 year & 10 months for us and it keeps getting better. I don't  know what I would do without my best friend. He's finishing up his senior year and i'm
 finishing up a semester at college so schedules are busy and along with baseball games (yay for baseball season!) but life is so fun together & I wouldn't have it any other way. Always blessed.

                                      Hope you're all having a happy, sunny spring!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I feel like a terrible blogger for not blogging for 2 months, but I at least I can make a change! I'm sitting in my bed, just about to listen to music while I pin new healthy recipes, DIY projects and idea's for flowers to have at my wedding even though i'm not engaged yet. haha, I don't feel any shame in that since it's perfectly okay for girls to dream of their wedding starting at age 6. It's pretty much mid week and I'm face palming myself for being unorganized ( I don't know if face "palming" is a word but now it is) I thrive with list, schedules & to-do list. I feel like i'm a mixture in some ways because I also love being sporadic (got that from my dad!) There have been more than a couple times its where it's 11pm & my dad suddenly wants to go to the movies & we get up and go. Last february I was telling my dad how I really wanted to go to Frankenmuth (for those of you who don't know it's a cute,little town with shops and classic bavarian food here in Michigan) and we just decided to go with the family. I can't wait to surprise my husband with a date night at his favorite places. I can't wait to surprise my kids to tell them we're going on a trip. Mayyyybe that doesn't sound so in the moment lol but I know there will be days where I will want to drop whats going on & just do what pops in my head!

  There are two main things I realize about this: I work insanely well in a organized environment, but I work best when God is in control. I know full well that that I have to trust God with all things, big and small. I truly believe that I am driven in this way because that's how He made me, but with that...I can't let those things rule my whole life. When I don't cross everything off my to-do list I shouldn't get frazzled. When things don't go as planned (which they DEFINITELY don't part of the time) I have to roll with it. I have a lot of vision, I have so many things pictured and planned in my head and sometimes it can be disappointing if they don't happen the way I thought. Part of that is really natural, we all have dreams and idea's that get changed or ruined-that's okay at times. I'm really blessed that I have so many outlets to stay focused and joyful throughout this crazy life. Writing out a list and using cute pens are the little things in life that make me happy :) It also really helps to get things done. School can be is overwhelming. Lets be honest, whether it's bills, homework assignments, etc there are so many papers. Highlighting, laminating or making a separate sheet for what you have to get done can keep you on track. School is much more manageable for me when I write what is due and when, that way I don't have to search for it all. Oh, binders and tabs also are a bff :) To some this may be common sense but it can be so easy to over look this stuff.

There is just something extra special about writing things out, I feel like it's much more visual than the notepad in your phone or trying to remind yourself in your head. I love love love to write and many times I type or get it on paper I am able to get out what i'm feeling. It's also a great coping mechanism for hard times. So...I encourage YOU to make a list! Maybe you hate them or maybe you love them but try something new whether it's jotting down what you have to do for the day, or writing your favorite quote on a post-it or sending someone an actual letter.

                                 Just a few pics of my random organized spaces that I dearly love :)
                                                         ( as you can see they change)


Tips: It is so worth it so buy yourself some nice pens, planners or cards. My favorite pens are called    " Le Pens" they so cute & tiny and write so so well! I also love my thin sharpies and almost have every color (seriously i'm on the hunt for colors I don't have). I also ordered a notepad from Emily Ley love it so much! I also find many cute stuff at target! If you feel like being extra frugal with these types of items check these places out:

Pinterest- They have endless idea's for organizing! There are also so many other wonderful blogs that you can find to help make life easier. I'm so glad pinterest happened because it has helped me a ton. In my organization board I have pinned, FREE printables I use for grocery shopping/meal planning that are oh so cute!
Target- hail to the endcaps! Seriously, I have found so much for under a $2! Not to mention their dollar spot in the front which gets new stuff quite often.
Hobby Lobby- not sure if you have one where you live but I pray you do. Pretty much everything is is either 50% in the the store or you can use the 40% coupon on any item (which you can find by typing it in google or the hobby lobby app) The classic half off sale switches every week I believe, so if there's an item you want 50% try and go back the next week.
Mason jars are such a cute way to store pens & stationary items! Of course Hobby Lobby has quite a few choices that are inexpensive. Plus, I use them constantly, drinking iced coffee, storing straws, etc.
Staples- I don't go to office supply stores much because I feel like they are usually overpriced on their products but a few times a year they have really good sales on their notebooks! The staples brand I love & I think when school starts in the end of the summer they have them for ONE CENT! They are pretty cheap anyway but grab them when the sale comes!
Online- I don't have a fav spot yet but I know there are many sites like amazon where you can buy items in bulk for people who are like me. If I can ever find an extra good price on those Le Pens I will share!!!
The Container Store- I am sad to say that I don't even have one close to where I live :(  I have actually emailed the company to open on here because I already know it's a slice of heaven. I have bought a few things online and loved it! The shipping goes up the more you buy but they have tons and tons of stuff to organize your house with!

I'm currently planning on being a Physician Assistant but of course I wish I could do extra side jobs if it worked that way! Part of me would love to go to people's homes and organize together, I find it soothing and so helpful. I also encourage YOU to tackle a space that needs organization! Grab a garbage bag to throw some stuff away, another bag to give away and another to sort though. You may also find something you've been looking for since forever (totes happens to me). It's kind of an ongoing task so don't get discouraged. If you feel like you don't a ton of time just take 30 mins once a week or stay up a little later to work on something, you usually will feel much less stressed when you know right where something belongs! It can also be a great thing to get your kids involved in! Create color coated baskets to teach them which one the socks go in, or get them their own cute character cup to put their toothbrush back in, I could go on and on :)

If you feel like OCD crazy about this stuff you are not alone! My boyfriend and family totally accept me the way I am but i'd be lying if I never got eye rolls or "oh gosh" comments after I color code my packing list that I will throw away that same day (orrrrr maybe even keep cause I like to keep pointless papers for who knows why?) So go ahead and use that extra hand sanitizer, keep a notepad in your car, tape your motivation quote on your mirror, get excited and instagram your new gold pen.. just don't let it rule YOU. Life happens but God wants us to not be overwhelmed! He calls us to peace. No one can ever ever ever be perfect so it's never my goal to even try. I believe in doing your best but if you get so caught up in being perfect, you'll find yourself in confusion. All in all, I am NOT 100% nuts. Some people think wow your things always seem in tip top shape! haha NOPE! I still have piles of laundry, tangled jewelry in containers, scribbled notes in my biology notebook, empty water bottles in the backseat of my SUV, and ripped folders ;) and that's only a small amount! So here's to trying to keep ourselves on track this crazy-fun life while living in the midst of God's peace, love, and guidance through EVERYthing! Happy Organizing to all my list making lovers!


1st Beauty post!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My FIRST beauty post & I'm SO excited!I have so many products I use that are great but I just wanted to share some of current loves! I truly believe you are beautiful because you are made in the image of God but makeup is something that can enhance our lovely facial features that we were blessed with. As much as it can be crazy, it's so fun to be a girl ;)

1. Neutrogena "Skin Clearing oil free makeup" : This is my foundation that I use everyday. I have probably tried around 5 different drugstore foundations in the past and this so far is my favorite. The average cost is about $12 depending on where you buy it, I personally get it from Target. It has "micro-clear technology". It doesn't clog pores, cuts the oil and actually helps with acne. I usually go through 1 bottle every 6 weeks. (Seriously wearing a foundation that can help improve your face in more ways than 1 is a bonus in my book.)

2. Benefit "They're Real" Mascara : This is the BEST mascara ever! I'm fair and my eyelashes aren't super long so mascara is a big deal to me. This really helps make my eyes pop and make my lashes look fab! It is kind of on the pricier side but I think it's worth it! Tip: Sephora or Ulta sometimes sells mini duo of benefit products and if you can find one that has this mascara get it...thats a good way to spend under $12 trying it out! The normal size tube is $23.

3. NYC "Cheek Glow Powder Blush" : color-Central Park Pink. I found this a few months ago at Target and decided to try it. I really love this because it's a great color for my skin and looks like a shimmery peach. It isn't really pinkish so I think it's a great everyday soft blush. Plus it was under $3!

4. The Body Shop "Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream" : I have been using this for about a month now and I put in on every night right before I go to sleep. I have read reviews on this and have heard good and bad, mostly about the smell. It smells kind of rosey? I personally love the smell! It feels refreshing to put on your clean face and makes your skin softer the next morning. It really all depends on what you like for nightly moisturizers but I recommend it!

5. Carrington Farms "Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil" : Okay, I could go on and on about this stuff! This brand I got from Costco for less than $15. You can really use any brand but I suggest organic if you are going to be using it a lot. This stuff is good for the inside out, literally. I have used it to make chicken, baked goods, and on my skin. Here are some great ways to use it for your body: shaving cream, helping acne, face masks, dry skin, hair treatment, makeup remover and much more! Let me emphasize that it is a GREAT makeup up remover. I dab it on a washcloth or my fingers and rub it over my eyes and it takes off my eye liner and mascara! This tub is good size so it will last you a VERY long time! Maybe in another post I can expand on the rest of the benefits :)

6. NYX Lipstick: color- Thalia #529. I found this on Pinterest and my sister ended up buying it for me as one of my birthday presents (thanks sis!) This is a really great color and different than the average browns, reds or pinks. Super cute!

7. Benefit "Hoola" Bronzer: My friend Calyn had this in her makeup bag and let me use it one day, and I LOVED it ever since! I bought it last august and it's still going strong! This also is pricey ($28) but haven't found a better bronzer. Not to mention that the packaging is super cute, and it even comes with a little brush and mirror inside. It also stays on really well! I don't think you'd regret this purchase :)

8. Big Sexy Hair "Powder Play":  This is a volumizing and texturizing powder and it works so well. My hairdresser actually started using this on me. They sell a couple different sizes but the one you are able to find the most is .53oz bottle. If you tease your hair you need this forsure! Sprinkle lightly over your part and then tease and spray with hairspray. I don't really tease my hair often, but I do use this when I curl my hair because it gives me more lift and body to my hair.

9. Organix "Moroccan Argan Oil": I use this stuff after every time I wash my hair! I have few sizes but I have been using the 3.3 oz and it has lasted me for months & months! That size bottle is $7.99 at Ulta.  It makes your hair super shiny, soft and smelling oh so good. I use a little less than a dime size on my palm, rub my hands together and run through the ends of my wet (towel dried) hair. You have to be careful with how much you use because it can make your hair greasy. I have also given this as gifts and it's always a hit! I have also tried the moroccan argan oil shampoo and conditioner which also works really well ( which I use only a few times a month.)

That's it for now! I hope to do many more in the future. I love finding products and being able to share them with others. Some of these products are expensive so I always love when I can find a mini version of it or a really honest review online! I hope you all liked it, if yo have any questions feel free to ask :)

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