Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to Protect Your Health

Your health is one of those things that sadly is never certain. You never know when you will suffer from a health problem - health is one of life’s great mysteries for many of us. However, while you can never be certain that you will remain in good health throughout life, what you can do is take steps to protect your health, to reduce the risk that your health will go downhill, and also to protect yourself.



Wondering what it takes to protect your health? Then read on for a range of tips and pieces of advice about how you can take care of yourself and reduce the risk of your health having a detrimental impact on your life. For everything that you need to know, have a read of this!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

My Favorite Cyber Monday Deals 2018

It is that time of year again and I couldn't be happier! I love this time of year and I LOVE SALES!! It gives you an even better excuse to shop! Black Friday can kind of be overwhelming so I have put together my favorite sales for this years Black Friday to prepare you for this grand night! See below for the best sales this year!

You can also click the shop page to shop all items plus more!


I love Wayfair!! In fact, most of the furniture in our living room is from Wayfair and on top of it already being incredibly priced, their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal is up to 80% off!

Here are some of my favorite items from this years sale.







Last year during Black Friday I bought most of the makeup I was going to use for my wedding day (I ended up using a makeup artist) but still got a TON of amazing makeup for such great deals! Here are some of my staple products!







You can never have enough accessories am I right? I am loving earrings and hair scarves at the moment and how about that knock off Gucci Belt? Because who can afford the real thing? Not me! 







I may have gotten myself in trouble with the clothing part of this gift guide because I want every single one of these items! How can you not want all of this?!







Shopping for men is already hard but David literally tells me "I don't want or need anything." How is a girl supposed to do Christmas with a guy who doesn't want anything?! Since I have a hard time getting stuff for David, this little guide was all I could really come up with but I would love to see David in all of this so I think it's pretty good!







I hope you guys liked this years items and if you buy anything from this post make sure to capture a cute pic and upload and TAG me! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Light and so Yummy Mongolian Beef Recipe

I got asked to share this recipe so much after I posted a video of me making it on my instagram stories and I am so excited to share this Mongolian Beef Recipe with you today!

This recipe is Refined-sugar free and can be made Gluten Free which is how I made it being allergic to Gluten!

Make sure to Pin this recipe so you can refer back to it later! 
                                                               All images and recipe are taken from Sweat Peas and Saffron Blog

I am known for making the same 5 dinners that I feel comfortable cooking and David recently told me that I may need to think of some new things to make (sorry David.) Cooking is not fun for me, it does not come easy and honestly, I would rather have someone cook for me (who wouldn't) but really, cooking takes so long, so after an already long day of work I don't feel like coming home and cooking... just being honest here!

This Mongolian Beef recipe is pretty easy and it is so so yummy! What I love most about this recipe is that it makes enough for lunch the next day! That is a huge score when it comes to my schedule because I do not have time in the morning to make lunches! For the beef it calls for Flank Steak but after looking at the price of Flank Steak we opted for a thin cut Sirloin Tip and it was great! (You already know we are on that budget!) I also used a microwave rice cooker for our rice and if you do not own one of these bad boys you need to get one! It cooks your rice in 13 minutes! Probably not the safest and healthiest but so fast and good!

So while making this Mongolian beef I totally almost threw out a pan from accidentally burning my second batch a little, but I beat the pan and cleaned it up with a little elbow grease, as my mom likes to say! You guys, I WISH I would have taken a picture of this pan. It was bad and I didn't even want to try to clean it but I am a big girl now and I have to clean my mess!

I do have to say, be careful while cooking your steak because you coat it in cornstarch, once you place it in the pan, the cornstarch gets stuck to the oil and then to the pan and it does not clean up nicely... maybe I did something so wrong but it tasted good in the end!

So I will quit my rambling, here is the recipe!

Make sure to share this recipe on Pinterest and if you make this Light and Yummy Mongolian Beef, please share it and TAG me on Instagram! I would love to see you try it! 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Our Wedding || Vendors and Video


It has been so fun and flooding me with so many memories writing these wedding posts for you guys and I hope you are loving them just as much as I am! I wanted to dedicate this last post to all the amazing vendors I had but I really wanted to emphasize on my wedding planner who is not only a friend but AMAZING at what she does! Don't miss the much waited for wedding video at the end of the page too!


 V E N U E

The Icehouse

We got so many questions about our venue and I did answer how we found it in my last wedding post but I will go into a little more detail here. Before I dated David and was just wondering if I even had feelings for him I saw this venue on Instagram from a blogger who got married there. She didn't mention what it was or where it was so I did some more digging and I found out that it was in Arizona which is coincidentally where David lived and where his family currently lives. I took it as a sign! When David and I were just barely dating we took a trip to visit his family and I wanted to see this venue just for fun... well we went and we both fell in love with it! It is honestly the venue of my dreams and the price was just right!

Jayme the amazing Venue Owner provided almost everything we needed. She has a whole basement full of vintage chairs, candle sticks, macrame, and so much more! We are very please with how everything turned out and we owe a huge thank you to Jayme! She worked so hard and made everything just the way we desired it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wedding Planning Do's and Don'ts



Should you be getting married soon, I hope you have a wonderful day, with a wedding that is all you ever wanted. May it be the start of an exciting and beautiful new chapter in your life. Of course, good wedding planning is essential. Not only will it ensure your big day goes by without a hitch, but planning will also relieve you of some of the more common wedding day stresses, such as the last-minute panic when you realize you haven't double-checked the catering arrangements.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Ring

Out of all the different choices you have to make in time for the big day, the wedding rings can feel like two of the most important components of all. Unlike the venue, catering, and décor, you’re going to be taking them home with you. Unlike the photos and the dress, you’re going to be looking at it for the rest of your life, no matter where you might be. Naturally, it’s important that you get it right, so how do you make sure you’re getting the ring that’s perfect not just for the day but for the rest of your life.


Monday, September 10, 2018

12 Amazing Christian Bloggers You Should Be Following

I have always been on the look out for amazing Christian bloggers so when these girls reached out to me for a collaboration, I was so excited! Each and everyone of these ladies is so amazing and have great ministries! My goal with my blog has always been to use it as a ministry and these ladies are doing the same thing! I have been loving getting to them and their desires as I read their blogs and I can't wait for you to get to know them too! 
Tiffany Nicole @lavendervines

Hi! I’m Tiffany, the Jesus-loving free spirit behind the blog, Lavender Vines. Lavender Vines is a Christian blog centered around sharing the unfiltered truth of what it is like to follow God. The amazing times of breakthrough and rejoicing in God’s love, but also the struggles of unanswered prayers, unanswered questions, and the times we feel far from God, or like He doesn’t care. My goal is to guide, encourage, and inspire you and your walk with God. I would love it if you followed along!

My Blog: https://lavendervines.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/lavendervines

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Our Wedding || Bridals, YOUR Questions Answered

Today, I really wanted to focus on our Bridals, Family shots, and Bridal Party and answer your questions. These pictures are literally my favorite wedding pictures I have ever seen! Not even because it's my wedding. Our photographer KILLED it and is AMAZING!! I can't wait to get these printed and put up all over our home!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Our Wedding || Getting Ready Details

We are MARRIED!!! Four months after the wedding goes by so much faster than four month before the wedding and we both have been loving being married! I love getting to wake up with my husband and we are already hanging out. We don't have to get ready, go out, and meet each other somewhere; now we can just wake up and we are together. I wanted to write a few posts solely dedicated to the wedding because there were so many amazing details that went into planning this shindig and the people who helped and supplied the decor should be recognized because this was literally the wedding of my DREAMS. No kidding! God blessed the planning process so much by gifting us with so many things that I want to share too. So hold on to your horses because I am sharing all of the details on my wedding split up in a few posts so be on the lookout!

A T T I R E

My Dress: I always heard that you end up with the dress that you would pick last for yourself... and that is exactly what happened! I went into the whole dress thing with my mind set on a long sleeved, super lacy dress and the last thing on my mind was what I actually got! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my dress and wish I could wear it again! I got my dress from Celebrations Bridal and you can never go wrong in their store! They have so many to choose from and I knew I was going to get my dress from there! I must have tried on at least 15 dresses that day but when I had this one on I could envision me dancing with my dad, walking down the aisle, and getting married to my best friend in it. This dress is made by Allure Bridal and it came as a strapless dress. I added the cup sleeves to it and when it was time to party, I wanted to be able to take the sleeves off so I made them detachable!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale || Under $50

I follow a lot of fellow bloggers so when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hits, I am well warned! I love a good sale as much as any girl but this year I am married and have to stick to a tight budget, but that doesn't have to stop me from just looking right?! Well, I have picked a few of my favorites and top affordable and under $50 finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and wanted to share them with you!


p.s. I am dying inside over these finds! I seriously want to run my card right now! Buy them quick before they sell out! 

 Madewell Verse Tie Back Top: This would be PERFECT with some trousers or jeans and a cute pair of heels! Sale: $32.90 Normal: $49.50

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BEST AT HOME TEETH WHITENING with Smile Brilliant || GIVEAWAY CLOSED

I have got the best little post lined up for you today! I have been testing out the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit for the past month and I am so in love with the results! I have been looking forward to this collaboration and luckily it came in just the perfect time for the wedding so I had a bright, white smile for our special day!

In the past, I have always used the Crest Teeth Whitening strips and they would always make my teeth so sensitive... who likes sensitive teeth?! That was one of the concerns I had with Smile Brilliant but with their Desensitizing Gel, I had nothing to worry about!

Before I go on any further, let me cover some of the basics.

Smile Brilliant is an at home, professional teeth whitening kit. No need to go to the dentist and spend a ton of money when you can do it right at home with Smile Brilliant.
They include everything for you! They supply what you need to make your molds, they send detailed instructions for you, and once you have made your molds you just mail them back to Smile Brilliant and they sent you your custom fitted whitening trays to get you started on your whitening journey.
It really works! At first I kept doing the steps wrong and not paying too much attention about drying out my trays before I put the teeth whitening gel in and I didn't dry off my teeth before I put my trays in because I forgot and so I wasn't getting the perfect results I thought I would but, when you do it exactly how the instruction paper says to do it, you see results within the first use!

I really wanted to start whitening because I am a huge coffee drinker! I have been drinking coffee since I was in middle school and to be honest, my teeth are still pretty white even after all of the years drinking coffee. I do notice however, that near my gums, my teeth are turning color and so I really wanted to fix that little issue. My photographer even said "you already have super white teeth" but I also really wanted to start using Smile Brilliant because of their Desensitizing Gel! I want the color of my teeth to progressively get whiter but I hate that with most whitening strips you get such sensitive teeth! This was super important for me!


Of course, this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't include a before and after picture of the results! I plan to continue to use Smile Brilliant because these are the best results I have personally seen with only using it a few times!

Smile Brilliant and I wanted to give you a chance to win one of these Whitening Kits valued at $149 so if you made it this far you are in luck and can enter our giveaway!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Face Wash That I Am Loving

So it is no surprise that I was blessed with adult acne and the more I look around the more I realize I am not alone in this! When I started breaking out around 18 I was so bummed out because most of my friends were just getting clear beautiful skin from having breakouts in high school and I was just entering into that opposite season. I asked myself what I was doing wrong, what changed, wondering why I couldn't just be normal and have acne in high school when everyone else got it. Like I said, I look around me and realize I am not alone... thank God it isn't just me!

I partnered with Neutrogena to share a great new product that has been helping me and my skin for the past couple of days!

I have been testing out their new Acne Proofing Cleanser and the new Acne Proofing Scrub and they have been working wonders for my skin!




These cleansers is formulated with Clear Defend Technology and Salicylic Acid to fight against acne and scrub away dirt. This technology protects the skins barrier helping prevent future breakouts! Does it sound too good to be true? Well it isn't! This Oil-Free face wash is doing just what it claims and it makes my skin feel so refreshed and truly clean.

Neutrogena has always been one of those drugstore brands that I am always gravitated to and I would go as far to say they are my top pick when I am shopping at my local Target or CVS! I use their Moisturizer everyday, they have one of my staple face washes, and now this new cleanser that might make it to the top of my list. What I love most about this cleanser is that it is oil-free so it won't clog your pores!

You can get these two products now on their website! Click Here for Cleanser. Click Here for Scrub.

Which product are you most excited to try?


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Best Vitamins For You And Your Acne | What Finally Ended My Acne


Todays post is one that I have been anticipating for about a month now and I am so excited that today is the day! I get to introduce a very important brand to you (that is of course if you don't already know how amazing this brand is) they have truly changed the way I look and feel in the best way possible! Can you tell I'm excited? Good! Because this is one of my favorite brands that I have discovered in a long time!

Hum Vitamins is a brand that I had heard about from my many Youtube friends but maybe like most of you, I just thought it was another boring vitamin brand. Oh how wrong was I?

You guys know that I never promote or write about a brand that I don't truly love because I am all about being honest and sharing my favorite brands with you, my friends! So here is a little story about how Hum Vitamins have changed my life and become apart of my routine!
About a month or two ago, I posted a long Instagram story about my skin and asking for your guys' recommendations on what I should do to improve my skin and clear my acne before my wedding. Unfortunately, I am one of those lucky ones that was blessed with adult acne (is the sarcasm jumping off the page?) After posting those videos I got a recommendation to take Hum Vitamins and how they have vitamins directed towards the skin. When I looked on their website I was amazing at how many of their vitamins are directed towards clearing acne, scars, rejuvenating the skin, and overall good looks, I mean who doesn't want to look good?

After reading their story it clicked.
"The idea of HUM was born out of Walter's personal struggle with his skin and breakouts. Years of trying topical products and prescription drugs had literally left him scarred emotionally and physically. Many of the drugs prescribed worked only on a temporary basis and the breakouts returned year after year. Walter always felt that there was a link between nutrition and his skin but research in the area was hard to come by, with the majority of dermatologists not trained in the field of nutrition. It was only after he met with one of London's most forward thinking nutritionists that he was able to fix his skin once and for all."

This brand is all about clearing your acne from the inside out and I just love that! I am all about naturally healing what is wrong with my body and it took me forever to get to a dermatologist and when I did they wanted to put me on a pill and I just was not about it! 

When I first started to show interested in Hum, I saw that they had a quiz on their website to find the perfect vitamins for you! I took the quiz and got about 6 different bottles. After reading their ingredients and how they are to help with my skin, I narrowed it down to 4.  These 4: 

D A I L Y   C L E A N S E: Helps clear your skin and body from toxins. 

G U T   I N S T I N C T: A potent probiotic that benefits your skin, health and beauty

OMG!  O M E G A  T H E   G R E A T: Supports even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain and body (and no fishy taste!) 

B A S E   C O N T R O L: Key nutrients for critical good looks and health

What I love about Hum Vitamins is that they are gluten free, Non-GMO, and they actually have ingredients I can pronounce! Some of their ingredients include: Copper, Matcha Green Tea, Beetroot, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Grape Seed Extract to name a few. 
When I reached out to Hum to collaborate with them, I told them which vitamins I was already taking and they recommended 2 more to compliment those. Those 2 are:  

R E D   C A R P E T: For glowing skin and shiny hair

F L A T T E R   M E: Supports a flatter stomach and healthy digestion

They also gave me the Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder that helps boost energy, radiant skin, and metabolism which is perfect for me because I am always feeling tired! I am not a huge fan of protein powders or any powdered drink but I have to say this powder is so good! I just put one scoop in 8 ounces of Almond Milk or in a smoothie and I got my daily greens for the day! 
 T H E   R E S U L T S:
Can I be honest with you guys? I saw results almost immediately! Once I started taking my first set of vitamins that I listed at the beginning of this post, I could start to see an improvement in my skin, overall mood and they way I felt! Of course, the real noticeable changes started happening within a week or two. Below are some photos of my skin before and throughout the few weeks I have been taking Hum Vitamins. 

Sorry for these uncomfortably close selfies of my acne (I am really being vulnerable with you) but I wanted you guys to truly see this brand is legit! 
My acne always takes forever to clear all the way up and my skin isn't 100% better but it is definitely on its way to being there! Hum has helped my skin calm down in the sense that the inflammation of my spots has decreased immensely, the redness has gone down, and there have been no new breakouts since taking Hum.  

Because I love Hum so much and I know you will love them too, you can get $10 off your purchase by using the code: 148CC1

Tell me in the comments which bottle you would love to try? 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Wooden Watches: A timeless gift for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one holiday that I always looked forward to when I was single. I was just looking back to the post I did last year for Valentine’s Day about Love Languages and it is crazy to think that it was my last Valentine’s Day as a single girl (P.S. I did not know what my love languages were before I was in a relationship!) With it being my first Valentine’s Day with a significant person in my life, I knew I wanted to get David something great! I kept looking on social media for Valentine’s Day gift guides but couldn't find that one thing that was really shouting at me for him until I remembered that JORD have the best men's watches and the best wood watches overall! I didn't realize how hard it was to choose a Valentines gift for someone until this year but luckily, JORD have the most unique watches. If you are wanting to make this Valentine's day one to remember, JORD even offers engraving on their watches for that special message or date that means so much to you both!

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