Hey you guys! Happy, happy friday- I am so ready for this weekend. Last weekend I had the most special time in Laguna with my parents and Jason to celebrate my birthday weekend 🙂 For a peek into the fun, check out Jase’s IG video– so fun. Below are my most recent Instagram moments from last weekend and this week, but follow me over there to see past pics + pics to come. xx
I’ve been thinking about lightness a lot lately. Lightness in being- a feeling of being unburdened and light, happy, and free. The thing is though, the reality of life includes things that are heavy, weighty, heartbreaking, difficult, serious, and worrisome. How do we find balance and find that lightness while feeling heartbroken, worried, or fearful? It’s my belief that the Lord did not intend for us to be worried and fearful- He wants us to find joy and peace in Him. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress and fear, but for me, seeking Him, praying constantly, and surrendering every worry, doubt, and fear up to Him is my way of finding lightness in the midst of worry, fear, or doubt. It’s amazing the freedom that can be found by releasing everything to Him and no longer feeling the responsibility to carry it all on our shoulders. I pray that we can all find freedom and peace and a light way of being, despite the circumstances that life can bring.
Drastically shifting directions, summer is all about being light. Living lightly, gently, and adventurously outside in the sunshine. Wearing light clothes in the summer almost goes without saying, but I love the feeling of comfort and easy-breeziness when wearing something airy and loose. This goes for all times of the year too, not just summer. I think we can all agree that wearing something stiff, heavy, and uncomfortable is pretty awful. It’s fascinating how what you have on, how it feels and fits, can really have an affect on your mood. Below are links to a few summer pieces that invite the feeling of lightness.
I don’t know about you, but I love cookbooks. I don’t use them all of the time, since Pinterest is essentially the ultimate virtual cookbook, but there is something about flipping through the pages of a real cookbook, having it open on your counter while following a recipe, and the gorgeous imagery inside that I completely love. Similar to Pinterest, cookbooks are so inspiring and really get your creative vibes cooking…no pun intended! Below are five cookbooks from Anthropologie that we have our eye on + five recipes from our Pinterest board that we can’t wait to try.
You guys- today is Lo’s birthday!! To virtually celebrate, I am sharing a list of cute gift ideas for the gal pals in your life. See the pics above + the links below, then head on over to her Instagram to wish her a happy b-day!
one. how cute are these travel bags? they are the perfect way to keep clean and dirty clothes separated when traveling.
two. lo and I both swear by these silk pillowcases. they are pricy, but honestly life-changing! the silk does wonders on your skin and hair while sleeping. gift one of these to one of your girls and she will definitely be thankful forever!
three. this cosmetic pouch is durable, spacious, and so cute. it is a good option for your day-to-day make-up bag or just use when traveling, to keep personal items organized.
First thing first- I love my coffee first thing in the morning. Like, LOVE. Just read this post for proof. That being said, it is going to take practically a miracle drink to make me drink anything other than coffee first thing when I wake up. This drink that I am about to describe is basically a miracle potion that naturally gives you energy, boosts your immune system, flushes out toxins, helps with digestion, is extremely hydrating, and even whitens your teeth! I gave it a go a few weeks ago and I was immediately hooked. Here is the deal:
-Warm up a mug full of water (make it warm, but not hot)
And that is it. Give it a little stir and sip on it like you would tea. Wait a few hours and see how you feel. For me, I noticed how good it made me feel the first day or two of drinking it. It is a great way to kickstart your day and get your body going. The key is to drink it first thing in the morning though, so yes, that cup of coffee will have to wait. My current routine is to drink this first thing (about 3-4 times a week) then drink my mug of black coffee with breakfast before leaving for work. If you give it a try, come back here and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. P.S. the mug is from The Created Co. and is one of my favorites. Drinking out of a cute mug makes morning that much better.
Today we are sharing 8 little things to do for a joyful heart. If you are in need of a little mood boost, try incorporating one, a few, or all of these habits in your lifestyle. They aren’t big changes either, just little things that can make a big difference.
1. Keep a gratitude journal
Dedicate a journal as your gratitude journal and start a numbered list of every little thing that you are grateful for starting with #1. It can be anything from being thankful for a productive day, to date nights with your significant other, to having 20 minutes to read a book- nothing is too small or too big for the list! Doing this will turn your daily focus toward everything you have to be grateful for, and away from the small frustrations that can creep into your mind.
2. Pray for others throughout the day
Getting in the habit of constantly praying for others, both strangers and loved ones, will do wonders for your own heart. Saying a quick prayer for your friend, someone at work, or someone you noticed at the coffee shop is extremely simple, yet so powerful. You never know how badly someone needs your prayer!
3. Count your blessings before bed
Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, try counting your blessings. It’s a beautiful way to unwind and put a stop to the never ending to-do list that might be cycling through your mind.
4. Plan a phone date
Setting aside time to catch up with a dear friend or someone in your family is so fun and helps sustain the relationship. Healthy relationships are so good and necessary for the soul, but they do take some time and effort. Of course an in-person date is the best, but sometimes that isn’t always possible due to location and/or busy schedules. Show someone your love by reaching out and scheduling a time to catch up via phone or face time. And let’s be real, nothing is better than being at home in comfy clothes, on the couch, and on the phone with your bestie. Add a glass of wine to that and we have a serious party happening!
5. Read something positive
A good read is another go-to source of joy. Reading something positive is good for your brain and also makes your heart happy! I am currently reading All In by Mark Batterson before bed and love it. We are also big fans of books by Shauna Niequist, as well as titles from Judah Smith and Lysa Terkeurst. If you are a fiction lover, Me Before You is so good- there is also a sequel called After You, which is next on my to-read list. Darling Magazine is also a wonderful choice for reading material- the articles in the magazine are always so authentic, deep, and encouraging. If you aren’t a subscriber already, we really recommend it!
6. Cook your favorite meal
If you truly despise cooking, this might not be for you, but this is definitely a joyful pastime for us. There is this peace that overcomes me when I am in the kitchen, listening to music, and creating something tasty. It is truly therapeutic! If I am feeling overwhelmed or slightly cranky, I know that I need to get my butt in the kitchen. To make it even better, cook for someone (or a crowd!) that you love and the joy will be multiplied.
7. Establish a daily ritual or two
Knowing what brings you joy and making it a priority each day is a great habit for your mind, body, and soul. It can be anything from going on a morning run, attending that evening yoga class, or making time to sit down and just enjoy that cup of coffee.
8. Listen to inspiring music
In a funk? Turn up the tunes and get ready to be inspired. Music has a way of flooding the heart and mind with good vibes. I almost always have Pandora or Spotify playing in the background when I am doing chores, cooking, entertaining, reading, and working.