sunday scriptures

August 20, 2017

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

i’ve read into the wild before, but i just came across this quote again and it really stuck out to me. my goal is to live my life like this. i want to boldly do things that i’ve never thought of doing or have been scared to try.

“have i not commanded you? be strong and courageous. do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” joshua 1:9

“do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. do what it says.” james 1:22

“and he said to them, ‘go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation'” mark 16:15

lemon essential oil

August 13, 2017

lemon essential oil is one of my favorites, it has so many uses + it smells amazing!
the main thing i use it for is cleaning, i add some to my soap, put a few drops in my laundry, it’s great for removing sap + other sticky things off of any surface. Lemon is also very nourishing for your skin, I usually add a couple drops to my face-wash. if you have a diffuser i highly recommend you diffuse lemon in your home, it lifts your mood and can also prevent yourself from getting a cold, or help you get over one you’ve already caught. Lemon is a natural disinfectant, it is great for removing sticky things from surfaces, polishes wood and silver, and helps get rid of stains on clothing. I try and put a few drops in my water every morning which is great for your digestive system, kidneys, and just helps cleanse your body. if you are unsure of which oils to start out with, i would suggest lemon as one of the first ones to add to your collection! another great option would be to get the basic starter kit (lemon comes in the kit along with 10 other oils and a diffuser!). when purchasing a starter kit you could become a member of my team and receive 24% off the retail price of all the oils you buy in the future.

sunday best

August 6, 2017

happy sunday! church was so encouraging today, made me so happy to be a follower of God. i know He has great plans for me, and i’m excited to see all the ways He is going to use me. “my sheep hear my voice, i know them and they follow me” john 10:27 i am so proud and thankful to be one of His sheep. sunglasses || dress || shoes

artifact uprising

August 4, 2017

for as long as i can remember i always loved having photos displayed in my room. i remember having them taped up on my wall, or hanging in frames. every few months i would order prints and when they arrived i would run upstairs and update my walls with newer photographs. this habit of mine slowly died down over the years and i haven’t ordered prints in way too long. i was scrolling through instagram and saw that artifact uprising was giving away free prints last month so i jumped at the chance to order some of my recent photos. i chose the square prints with no border, they are such nice quality and came in the cutest packaging ever. ten out of ten recommend.

i’m selling young living essential oils!

August 2, 2017

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve joined Casey Wiegand’s team and started selling young living essential oils. my friend Sammi and I decided to start doing this together and can’t wait to grow our own team. we both swear by essential oils and are eager to share our love for them with all of you. be on the look out for tons of posts on oils + ways you can use them, in the mean time, to enroll with my group, click this link and make sure the number 12589989 appears in both the “Enroller” and “Sponsor ID” fields.

Signing up for wholesale/distributors, you will get 24% off retail prices which is incentive alone!

Even if you never want to sell- wholesale is the way to go!!!

bits + pieces

July 31, 2017

i ordered the COOLEST sticker pack from a super great artist, Sam Larson
I GOT TO PET A GOAT AT THE FAIR AND I ALMOST CRIED.. this photo may or may not be my screen saver..also saw tyler rich + justin moore at the fair, not as cool as the goat though 😉 the cashier charged us for 40 cents four bags and put only like five items in each one.. all the snuggles with this cute little nephew of mine when i first tried kombucha i gagged in the middle of my kitchen and told my mom i would never drink that nasty stuff again.. i also said that about coffee.. never say never, kids!

happy birthday, otis!

July 29, 2017

not sure how i forgot to make a post about my jeep’s birthday, but i did and i’m ashamed. good thing otis can’t read my blog 😉 this beauty has been my adventure pal for two years now! countless jeep waves, tons of dirt road excursions, and so many late night drives with my favorite people. best purchase of my life by far. can’t wait for all the future adventures these wheels will take me on.

christmas in july!

July 25, 2017

Every year my friend and I celebrate christmas in july, we make cookies, watch hallmark christmas movies, and listen to christmas music. last year we stupidly wore sweaters and just about melted in the heat, this year we were a little bit smarter and settled for festive socks. i really thrive the closer it get’s to christmas, sometimes i wish i lived in a world that was just september through december. leaves changing, pumpkin patches, halloween, chilly evenings, bonfires, sweaters, snow, christmas music, i could go on forever. everyone around me doesn’t want summer to end, but i wanted it over before it started. okay that’s a little dramatic, i love the sunshine and going to the river more than i love candy, but there’s something about the last half of the year that i can’t seem to shake. and i may or may not have been listening to michael buble’s christmas album on my way to work. so, just in case you were wondering, there is only 152 days until christmas! please try to contain your excitement.

favorite summer children’s books

July 24, 2017

i teach preschool, and at our school, the kids still come during the summer. these are a few of my favorite books that we’ve read so far, and my students seemed to really love them too. there was an old lady who swallowed a shell was a hit, my class thought it was hilarious but we made sure to discuss how we should not swallow shells or animals 😉
this book was a little longer, but a cute story that also made them laugh. you can’t go wrong with goofy. after we were done, we all pretended to go camping in our classroom.
the night before summer vacation was so cute! it’s written like the night before christmas and after a few pages my class made that connection which made them love it even more. this author has a bunch of other books as well, another good one is, the night before preschool!
the illustrations in this book are beautiful and will make you look at the beach in a whole new way. the kids loved looking at all the pictures and would act out what each beach-goer was doing in the story. super cute book.