Declare Conference Haul

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Declare Conference in Dallas, TX. Declare is a conference for Christian communicators and I learned so much! The conference was both challenging for my blogging life and for my spiritual life and I came away very encouraged. I also came away with a ton of loot, haha! Some of the things I brought home were given to me and some were things I purchased with my own money. I also have a couple of giveaways at the end of this post, so keep reading to find out how you can be eligible to enter!

Simply Bliss Boutique

I love this t-shirt! Simply Bliss Boutique had some of the cutest clothes and they are based in Texas. If you are in need of some items for fall, go check out their site!

Save the Storks

Save the Storks is one of the most amazing ministries I have ever heard of. The ministry was founded on love and continues to minister to any women. Save the Storks has several buses, nationwide, that reach out to women who are facing unplanned pregnancies, providing them with an ultrasound of their baby, and loving them through their next steps and decisions.

Embrace Grace

Embrace Grace is also another amazing ministry available to women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. “The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt.” –Embrace Grace Website. I love this t-shirt for the simple design and the reminder that women can still be made whole in Christ–even in the midst of a very difficult situation.

Books

Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word by Denise Hughes. This book can be found here.

Submerged by Dani Pettrey. This book is part one of a novel series and it looks like it might be a fun read. I didn’t realize the titles of both of these books next to each other until after I took the photo–but the placement made me chuckle.

Make Your Mark: A 40-Day Devotional by Gateway Women. I love devotionals for specific challenges and I think this book will be a good one for me to read.

Thirty One Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer by Jenn Sprinkle and Kelly Rucker. I really like to read books about prayer because that is something that I’m always eager to improve. I like that this devotional is a challenge for a month and I’m excited to read this one too.

Cards by Andrea Howey and Co.

How adorable are these greeting cards!? Having cute cards on hand to send to someone for a special occasion or just because is something that I really like to do–and it makes me want to write more of them! If you would like to purchase some of these cards, visit Andrea’s website or check out her Instagram handle @andrearhowey.

Desert Creek Honey

The theme this year at Declare was “Sweet as Honey” and I thought it was really cute that we were also given honey bears. I can’t wait to use this honey during the colder/tea months. I also like that this honey is a local product of Texas–if you would like some, visit Desert Creek Honey’s website.

***Giveaway Items***

Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl. This book can be found here. I think we can all learn something about balancing life–can’t wait to read this!

Walk it Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time by Tricia Goyer. Tricia is going to be one of the key speakers at Declare next year and she has written over 70 books–wow!! This book can also be found here.

Now the fun part…

I have an extra copy of these two books (Oola and Walk it Out) and I would love to give one to you! I am only shipping to the United States at this time, so if you would like one of these– leave a comment in the Contact section of my blog and include your name, email address, mailing address, and which book you would like to receive. Your comment will be made private so your information will not be public online. I will let you know if you were the first to comment on each book and if you won the giveaway!

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George : Coffee + Provisions

When I was in Dallas last week, I spent quite a bit of time working and drinking coffee at George : Coffee + Provisions in Coppell, TX. This coffee-house was opened this summer and since then it has become a hub of activity and place of gathering. George is such a warm, welcoming, and inviting environment for meetings, studying, or just for an awesome cup of coffee. The owners, Christian and Laura, put their heart into everything that represents George and in turn it has becoming the heart of the Coppell community. I was able to take some photos of the coffee-house and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you are ever in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas–please go by George and support this local business!

Welcome to George

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I think I may have had most of the different latte flavors, cold brew, and house coffee and they are all amazing. The coffee is very rich and full-bodied–so it’s sure to give you the caffeine fix that you need.

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I love the clean, bright, and fresh aesthetic of George! Don’t you just want to hang out there all day?

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There is also plenty of stall seating and a large room in the back, although it was so busy that I couldn’t get any photos without disturbing others. I hope you get the chance to visit George soon and that you love it as much as so many others do!

September Bless Box Reveal

September’s Bless Box was so carefully thought out, uniquely designed, and purposeful. September’s box provided a way to give back to communities with some special collaborations involving different companies. The box design was created by an 8-year-old girl called DearGiana–and she did a fabulous job! I’m excited to share with you the things that came in September’s Bless Box!

True Citrus Original Lemonade–Retail $5.00. These came in a previous Bless Box and I really enjoyed being able to pour the packets in some water and have an instant beverage. I took my previous box of these packets on my trip to Washington DC, back in July, and they were a life-saver for beating the heat.

Dang Caramel SeaSalt Coconut Chips–Retail $3.99. I’m actually eating these as I write this post–girl got the munchies. Super yummy!

ArtNaturals Signature Essential Oil Roller–Retail $6.99. The essential oil roller I received is specifically for anxiety–yes please, I’ll take that.

CitraGreen Wheatgrass Tablets–Retail $11.00. These are tablets that contain Iron, Calcium, and Vitamins A and C. I’m not sure if this is something I can drink–due to the wheatgrass–but I’ll do some research and find out.

Pura Vida Bracelet–Retail $5.00. So cute! I love all of the colors in this bracelet!

Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel Off Mask–Retail $7.99. I always love a good face mask and can’t wait to try this!

Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream–Retail $3.99. Apparently, you can use this cream on your face, elbows, knees, and/or feet and this can be applied in the shower or on dry skin. Perfect for the colder months ahead.

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel–Retail $5.00. This product is a gentle, non-abrasive, chemical peel/exfoliant and helps to remove dead skin.

Chaleur Heat Penetrating Mask–Retail $10.00. This looks really interesting and I’m curious to give it a try! This product is a self-heating face mask that soothes and hydrates the skin.

STILA Stay All Day Lip Liner–Retail $20.00. This lip liner is in the shade Rose. I don’t typically wear lip liner but this doesn’t look like it would be too pink for my coloring. I have it swatched in a photo below.

STILA MATTE’i cent Lipstick–Retail $22.00. This lipstick is in the shade Etoile. When I swatched this, see below, the formula was very creamy! Can’t wait to give this a try.

Doucce Smudge Resistant Eyeliner–Retail $20.00. I needed a new eye liner so I’m really happy to give this product a try. The name says that it’s smudge resistant–which is exactly what I need because my liner tends to bleed to transfer on my eye lids.

RealHer Eyeshadow Palette–Retail $28.00. What pretty fall colors! Most of these are definitely my colors!

I can’t forget to mention that there are also all kinds of coupons included with each Bless Box and this month’s were for Yu-Be, Chaleur Beauty, and Qupid shoes.

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Flashback Friday Travels: France

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Flashback Friday Travels posts that I’ve written, because today I’m going to tell you about the trip that started it all–France. My first trip overseas was in the Spring of 2013 and it was to Paris, France. I went with my mom, a few sisters, my brother-in-law, nephew, and niece and had the best time. The getting-to-Paris-part was definitely interesting/memorable/stressful because we were all on different flights, we flew into different cities, and our international phone plan decided to not work. However, looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any part of that experience because it taught me that sometimes you have to be flexible when traveling, that you really have no control, and to remember the experience. I hope you enjoy these photos!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées

Versailles–Château de Versailles

One day we took the train to Versailles and spent the day walking the palace gardens. So beautiful!

The Louvre Museum

We didn’t go into the museum but we walked past it every day because our Airbnb apartment was close by.

The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars

I love these teal doors! I tried to take a photo each time I saw a unique door.

We loved walking through markets every day–look at all the cheese! There were so many fromageries (cheese shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) that we would buy groceries from, instead of eating out each meal.

 

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September Favorites

I can’t believe September is already over! I look forward to that month every year and then it just seems to fly by way too fast. September brought so many good memories, cool weather, and I know fall is just getting started. Today I’m going to tell you about my favorite things from September, which is fitting because September is also my favorite month and this is my favorite time of the year.

“Chumpkin” Lattes. I’m really not a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte obsession but I did have a birthday free drink at Starbucks the other day and thought “why not just get a trendy, free one.” I saw they have a new Pumpkin Spice CHAI Tea Latte and that sounded like something I would enjoy because I love chai. I had THE most amazing vanilla chai when I was visiting cousins in Virginia recently, and I’ve been looking for a chai to help fill that void since. While the PSL Chai Latte was amazing and tasted like the holidays in a cup–it was extremely sweet so you might want to ask that they not put so much syrup in it. I looked later and for a Venti sized drink, there were 5 pumps of PSL and 5 pumps of chai. Yikes. Shades of Brown on Brookside, in Tulsa, does a really yummy replica of this drink that’s not nearly as sweet.

Maple Sea Salt RX Bar. Since doing Whole30 a few times, I’ve come to enjoy RX Bars a lot because of the ingredients. RX Bar recently came out with a Maple Sea Salt flavor and it was heavenly.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons. I’ve been training for another half marathon lately and this song has pretty much been on repeat on runs. I love the beat of songs like this that make you want to move and push yourself harder. This song will definitely be on my music play list on race day.

Next I have a few beauty favorites…

 

NYX Wonder Stick. This product is meant for contouring but I’ve been using it as a bronzer. I’ve had issues with powder bronzers working for a while but then getting muddy on my face. One end has a light cream highlighter and the other has the darker shade–I don’t really use the light shade that much but I really like the product as a whole because it’s really easy to blend out.

Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick. Oh, Glossier! My sweet cousin bought me a few Glossier items for my birthday and I got SOOO excited once I saw the iconic pink, bubble packaging. I received the Generation G Lipstick in the shade Leo and it is the PERFECT shade for me because it’s the color of my natural lips. The formula of this is very creamy and it has been long-lasting so far.

Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. I’ve heard so much about the Balm Dotcom product and was really wanting to try it. The Rose scent/flavor is slightly tinted and has been a very moisturizing lip product to use. You can also use this on your hands, cuticles, elbows, etc. Thank you, Bec!!

Valjean Labs Facial Serum in Glow. I found this serum for around $6 at TJ Maxx when I was looking for a new bottle of vitamin c serum. This is very similar to the Glossier Super Glow Serum from what I can tell. I’ve been focusing on trying to even out my skin tone and lighten acne scars, and this has helped a lot in the few weeks I’ve been using it.

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream. I received this moisturizer in my July BlessBox and I still love it! I’ve been using this at night and it feels like it restores my skin while I sleep. The formula is also very thick–so you don’t need to use a lot. You can see how much I’ve used since July in the picture below.

Fall Closet Essentials PDF. One of my favorite blogs to follow is The Fresh Exchange. One of the recent blog posts gave readers a PDF of Fall Closet Essentials and that has been super helpful to determine what I might be missing for the upcoming months.

Ankle Boots. IT’S BOOT SEASON!! I used to wear riding boots non-stop during the fall but in recent years I’ve only been wearing ankle boots. I was looking for a tan-ish pair of ankle boots to add to my closet and really liked these that I found at Target! I even had a Cartwheel discount for them–the Cartwheel app is a must have. This boot is called the DC Dylan Laser Cut Split Booties in Gray and I’ve had so many complements already in the few weeks I’ve worn them.

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