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!

| | | | | | | |  giveaway closed congrats Sarah!!  | | | | | | | | |


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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!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

KNOW What You Eat

I have always had stomach issues since I was a little girl. Nothing ever helped or soothed my stomach aches for as long as I could remember. From leaving school early, completely missing days, to leaving sleepovers early, my childhood was always revolved around my stomach aches. It wasn't until I turned 12 that we found out what the problem was. I had countless doctors appointments to figure out what the heck was wrong with me and it was discovered that I had Celiacs Disease. 

Celiacs Disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and because my body couldn't breakdown the food I was giving it, I was not absorbing any nutrients. 

When I first started eating Gluten Free, almost 10 years ago, not many people knew what Gluten was, therefore people didn't have a clue how to make Gluten Free food taste good. I was so devastated when I first started eating Gluten Free because everything was so bland and honestly just disgusting. No restaurant had Gluten Free menu's or Gluten Free options, grocery stores didn't have a wide range of Gluten free items or even a gluten free section back then. Let's just say it is a much different story today! 
  

KNOW Foods is "the leading provider of grain-free food product and help health conscience consumers achieve their diet and fitness goals by producing delicious, nutritionally superior, natural, non-GMO, grain/gluten free and exceedingly low glycemic index alternatives to traditional grain-based foods."

These last couple of years I have been a lot more health conscience because being Gluten Free doesn't mean you are now healthy, I can still have greasy Gluten Free Pizza, Burgers, French Fries, and it is all still just as fattening as non GF (Gluten Free) items but the older I've gotten the more health conscience I am becoming! I have also found that I have a sensitivity to dairy and when I have it, my skin tends to breakout so I am limited on what I can eat. It has, however, led me to make very healthy choices when picking out the food I buy, that is why I love KNOW Foods



  


I love having their Croutons in a salad or even as a snack by themselves and I had noticed after taking these shots that they sent me their Cereal too and I have been loving that with banana in it in the mornings!

I can't wait to use all of these products and keep trying new and delicious recipes with them!

You can follow KNOW Foods on their Instagram by clicking HERE and also read more and shop their amazing other products HERE!


From their products listed here, what would be your favorite to try?
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