4.23.2014

A BirchBox Update

It's been a while since I did an update on the BirchBox so I thought I'd fill you in on how these monthly treats have been.  Overall, I'm still very happy with them!  There does seem to be a pattern of 3-4 really good boxes, and then one so-so box. But even the so-so boxes have a few items that I end up really enjoying!

I know there are handful of other great monthly style, beauty, and food boxes you can get but I think BB is still the best all around product subscription for the cost ($10.00). I think the most important key to any of these subscriptions is the update your profile frequently to ensure you get more of types of products you enjoy, and then make sure you actually use them.  The samples don't do you any good sitting in the drawer!

My profile gives me a mix of make-up, skin care, hair, and lifestyle (food mostly) products.  This month's box was themed for rainy days and was filled with 6 goodies: A Kind Bar, N4 Clarifying Shampoo, N4 Reconstructing Masque, Supergoop City Sunscreen Repair Serum, Sumita Jamun Contrast Eye pencil and Color Club Nail Lacquer in Breakfast At.

I used the eye pencil this weekend and loved the rich purple color and the smooth texture.  I also wore the sweet green polish to our Easter celebrations and loved it!  I'm bringing the Kind Bar and the shampoo and masque on a work trip this week (love that these are always travel sized!) and will let you know how they go!


If you are still on the fence about BB, I would recommend you buy a 3 month subscription for $30.00.  Try it out and see what you think!

Happy Wednesday!

Linking up with these wonderfully dressed ladies today: Random Wednesday, and The Pleated Poppy.

4.22.2014

Easter Weekend Bliss

Happy Tuesday!  I hope y'all had a fantastic weekend with family and friends celebrating the fullness of Easter!

We had a great weekend soaking up all the glory in His resurrection and what it means for our lives.  We enjoyed Good Friday with a second year tradition of service at the Long Center, which is by far the best Good Friday service I've ever been to, with TV's parents and sister's BF.  Then we had them back over to visit and enjoy a steak dinner and drinks at the house.  It was great!

The rest of the weekend was spent picking Texas wildflowers for our Easter Nests, making Easter Cookies, and hunting Easter Eggs.  I'm constantly reminded how much God has given me with this amazing family I get to be a part of.  Weekends like this make me so grateful for parents that raised us with forever grateful hearts for the sacrifice that was made when he bared the cost of our sins on the cross.  Weekends like this make me grateful for sweet traditions that are kept alive even when we are a little too old,  like making Easter nests for the bunny to put our dyed eggs in, or making tasty sugar cookies shaped like crosses, eggs, and bunnies.  Weekends like this make me grateful for a husband that was raised in a family that held close and still do all the same beliefs, and traditions we do.

Here are a few moments from the celebrations!

           

 It is impossible to get everyone looking in the same direction...silly is more our style.
       

Hope y'all have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!

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4.18.2014

A Good Friday

Good Friday has always been a special day for our family.  The significance of the day weighs heavy on our hearts as we remember the sacrifice that was made for each of us. The story of redemption makes my heart full and my eyes break with tears.  

Last year I found an excerpt from the blog, Jen Hatmaker, and I wanted to share it again with you.

"The story of our redemption breaks me. I simply cannot get over Jesus. His humanity moves me beyond words. His suffering shatters my heart. His courage leaves me undone. I am aching, so gratefully devastated. By his wounds I am healed, but his scars mark me too, and I am tender to the touch. The story that crushes me also saves me, and there is nothing to do but worship through the tears."

We are so incredibly loved. Have a great Easter weekend!

Linking up with DarciAprilNatashaChristina, LaurenLaurenAmanda, and Jennie. Go stop by these sweet ladies spaces!

4.16.2014

1 Year Moments

Last night we got to celebrate the first birthday of our sweet God Baby!  She has been such a huge blessing to Tanner and I over the last year, and we couldn't be more happy to be a part of their sweet family through this honor.

Her big birthday celebration will be this weekend when they travel home for Easter, but last night we threw a little version for her at our house.  Sister is a good eater, so I knew the cake would be right up her alley...and boy were we right...she dug in!

Here are a few moments from the night!
I love this cake-covered face!

         
Look at this walking machine, and sweet bother's face!
First finger, and first bite of cake!


          
         
Sharing a little cake with Tanner...

Thank you for stopping by! I hope y'all have a great Wednesday!

4.15.2014

The Black T


Black Tee (Banana Republic) | Shorts (J.Crew) | Sandals (Target) | Belt (The Limited) | Purse (Coach) | Hat (Target) | Bangles (BaubleBar, The Limited) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Necklace (Nordstrom Rack) | Earrings (Francescas) | Sunnies (RayBan)

I live in tees on the weekend, especially when summer rolls around and everything else is too hot. Over the last few years I picked up a few favorites from J.Crew and Banana Republic but I was in need of a new one in black.  A few weeks ago I was in Banana and saw this soft one with a satin trim and knew I had found the one.

I love pairing it with these soft shorts (that currently match the color of my legs; goodness!) and floppy hat.  Perfect wear for a no fuss Sunday.

Hope you are having a great Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with these wonderfully dressed ladies today: Mingle MondayStyle ElixirPlane Pretty, Trend SpinRandom WednesdayThe Pleated Poppy, and Vodka Infused Lemonade.

4.14.2014

Easter D.I.Y. - A Classic Centerpiece

Easter is just around the corner and I'm so excited.  I love the celebration of His resurrection and the excitement of sharing a special day with the family.  For the last few years we've cooked dinner for Good Friday at our house and this year I wanted to put together a simple centerpiece for the occasion.

I had a few bags of plastic eggs left over from last year, and moss from a previous DIY I knew I wanted to use, so I decided on a simple and sweet tiered display with glass canisters.

There are so many variations you can make on this arrangement; I don't think you can go wrong with soft colors, different textures, and simple placement.

I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients
- 3 Glass Canisters; varying sizes
- Moss; varying textures and colors
- Plastic Eggs; varying sizes, colors, and types
- Wooden Letters; I got letters to spell "He Rose"
- Neutral table runner
- Pastel Place Mats with patterned napkins


Directions
1. Fill the bottom of the canisters with moss to your desired height.  Be sure to mix up of the colors and types of moss to create depth.

2. Top the canisters off with eggs; mix up the size, colors and textures.  TIP: I filled mine pretty close to the top with eggs, but if you don't have enough eggs to do that you can make the base taller with more moss.

Easy, easy DIY for this Holiday!  I hope you enjoy, and have a great time getting ready for Easter this week!

Have a wonderful Monday sweet friends!

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