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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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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Empties #7

It’s that time again–welcome to another Empties post! I’ve saved the bottles of all the beauty and skin care products I’ve used, over the last few months, and I’m going to give you my honest review of them. I really enjoy reading about what other people have used, and what they thought, because I always like trying new things. Let me know if you’ve used any of these and if you loved/hated them!

Makeup

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara. This formula is supposed to help your lashes grow longer but I didn’t notice any remarkable difference. I think the brush was also a little too big for my eyes and I never really used this mascara that much. I think the product had expired by the time I cleaned out this time.

Cover Girl LashBlast Mascara. This mascara is an awesome product to use, especially in waterproof. The formula helps you lashes to stay curled and the waterproof formula is very long-lasting.

ELF Poreless Face Primer. I have used a bottle of this primer before but did not have the same outcome as my previous experience. After I would apply my foundation, over the primer, the primer seemed to pill up and leave little grey dots all over my face. Because of that reaction, I’m not sure if I would buy this primer again. The Radiant Glow primer did the same thing on my skin, but I did like the luminosity that this product gave.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. I think I am allergic to this formula because it made my eyes super red, itchy, and burn. I probably won’t buy this product again but I did notice a difference in my eyelash length.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm. This is one of the only lip products I ever remember finishing completely. This lipstick was more of a light moisturizer than an actual lipstick, and the pigmentation was very subtle. I will probably buy this again in the future.

Bare Minerals Prep Step Moisture Set. I found this at TJ Maxx this summer and really enjoyed it. The product left a pearlescent finish on the skin but also hydrated very nicely.

NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze Bronzer. This bronzer is so affordable and it’s probably one of my all-time favorites. This product does not look muddy on my face and is not too shiny.

 Skin Care

Daiso Japan Charcoal Cleansing Foam. I bought this at Daiso, in Dallas, for $1.50 just for the mere fact that it was dirt cheap. Haha. I don’t know if I noticed a huge difference from using this product but, hey, for $1.50 I’ll try anything.

Retinol Gel Cleanser. I usually get this at TJ Maxx, for much cheaper, and it really helps to keep my cystic acne under control. I will keep buying this for sure and using it at night.

Andalou Glycolic Pumpkin Mask. I usually wait for this to go on sale at Sprouts or Whole Foods before I purchase it. I have used this a few times before and really like how it makes my skin look and feel. Glycolic products are also another thing that help to keep my acne under control, and I like that this product is all natural.

H20 Plus Face Oasis. I also found this at TJ Maxx, for a lot less, and used it during the colder months. The blue, gel-like product felt very hydrating and like a drink of water for my skin. If I can find this again, I would most likely re-purchase it.

Dr. Brandt Micodermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. I received this product in one of my subscription boxes and while it was a finely milled, gentle exfoliant, yikes–that price tag though. I will not re-purchase it again for that reason alone, but it was a nice treat to test this product.

ArtNaturals Serums. I really like ArtNatural products and will keep using them, when I can. I bought the Retinol and Vitamin C serums in a bundle and have been using them for a couple of years now. When used together, retinol and vitamin C are amazing for healing my problematic skin.

Body

Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss Body Wash. This scent is now retired–boo! This product has a very subtle scent of berry and musk and you have no need to wear perfume after using this.

Tone Radiant Glow Illuminating Body Wash. This was a fun product to use because it has sparkle in it and leaves your skin, literally, glowing.

Primal Pit Paste All Natural Lavender Deodorant. This is my absolute favorite deodorant to use. It’s on the pricier side but it is all natural and doesn’t make me break out in painful rashes. One your body adjusts to this deodorant, it controls everything you need it to control. I have bought this at Whole Foods and on Amazon in the past.

Hair

Garnier Volume Anti-Frizz Hairspray. This is my favorite hairspray to use because it holds for a long time and it protects against humidity.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This heat spray’s scent is really nice and is my favorite part of the product. I use this off and on before drying my hair, or using heat tools, and it helps to protect from heat damage and gives my hair healthy shine.

Desert Essence Organic Red Raspberry Shampoo. I bought this during a BOGO sale a few months ago and even though the scent was nice, it did dry my hair out a little too much.

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My Autumn Mood Board

I hope you are having a wonderful September so far! I spent Labor Day weekend in Virginia and it is definitely preparing for autumn weather. September always makes me so excited for autumn because I love the colors of nature, the cozy layers of clothes, crisp mornings and nights, warm food, etc. Today I’m sharing some images with you that get me in the mood for autumn and I hope for you, as well. I’m not ready to embrace all things pumpkin spice, actually I don’t even like pumpkin spice, but I hope you understand my love of September.

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My Experience with ThredUp

If you’re like me, you have probably seen commercials, adverts, etc., about ThredUp on social media. I am all about trading in clothes for some cash or credit, when it’s time to purge my closet, and I wanted to give ThredUp a try, this time around. Today I’m going to share with you all about my experience using ThredUp and show you some of the things I purchased with my credit.

The first thing you should do is clean out your closet and make a pile of things you want to sell or donate. Next, go to the ThredUp website to order a “Clean Out Kit.” ThredUp will then send you a clean out bag, with postage, and instructions of how to send in your clothes.

Once you fill up the clean out bag, drop the bag off at your nearest FedEx or USPS location and it’ll be on it’s way.


The items that ThredUp may not be able to sell, they will then donate the remaining items on their end. I love that because I don’t have to go to several drop off sites to donate my clothes.

Of the clothing items that you send in, ThredUp will notify you each time something of yours sells on their site. You will receive an amount of credit from the things you sell and you can use it toward a consignment purchase on their website. You will also be charged a small free once your clean out bag is processed, so just keep that in mind. I think it took about 6 weeks for my clean out bag to be processed, because of the high demand. Overall, the process of sending in clothing, shoes, and some jewelry, was very easy and I didn’t mind the wait. ThredUp will also send you an email with the status of your bag so that you can keep checking to see when it will be processed.

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Once a few of my items sold and I had some credit on my account, it was time to look for some things I need this fall! I think I received my order within just a few days of ordering, so that was great! You have the option of trying on the clothes and then returning them if they don’t work out, but, again, you will be charged a small fee.

A black and grey sweater? My favorite! (Not even joking) I found this sweater from Loft and really liked the damask print.

I have been wanting a pair of leather pants for a couple of years now but could never find any that I liked. I found this brand new pair, with tags still attached, from Free People for about eighty percent off. What a bargain!

You wanna know what’s crazier than me wearing leather pants, it’s me wearing something pink! This sweater is also from Loft and I think it’ll be a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I love the sleeves on this sweater and the fact that it’s loose and tunic-style.

Including the small amount of credit I made, I purchased these three items for less than $30! I’m really happy with my ThredUp experience and I know that I’ll buy clothes through them again. I would love to hear from you if you have ever traded in/bought clothed through ThredUp and what your experience was like!

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