Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Monday: Ray Lamontagne-Hold You In My Arms

This might be my favorite song ever. I couldn't find a decent video to share, so these lyrics will just have to do.


Friday, April 27, 2012

coconut crazy

Disclaimer: the below is my PERSONAL opinion, coming from PERSONAL experience. None of the information is to be taken as medical/nutritional advice. Consult your doctor before trying this out.

I've been a bit obsessed with coconut lately, specially coconut oil and coconut water.

Last January Mandy wrote about coconut oil. Did you know that coconut oil is called the healthiest of oils? I was specifically interested in using in on my hair because I’m so hard on it so it always feels so dry. Her post was intriguing and I made a mental note to pick some up when I got a chance. Well flash forward a few months and I finally got around to ordering some on Amazon and giving it a try.

My new hair routine is scooping some oil (it melts with the warmth of your skin) on my fingertips and massaging it into the ends of my hair the night before I plan on washing my hair. (I typically wash my hair every other day, sometimes I’ll go three days without washing my hair. Thank goodness for dry shampoo!) After the ends of my hair are thoroughly covered with oil I pull my hair up in a messy pony tail or sock bun. I sleep with it in my hair, although you could just leave it on for 15-20 minutes before showering. My sister has short hair, so she’ll just lay a towel on her pillow before going to sleep with the oil in her hair. The last time I saw my stylist she freaked out about how soft the ends of my hair were. It really makes a difference!

I wrote about the OCM in July. Since I got the coconut oil I’ve been using it as eye make up remover, which works wonders. Sometimes if I’m feeling particularly lazy, I’ll even use it in place of my castor oil/grapeseed oil mix for the OCM. I don’t know how long it has been since my skin was this clear. Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, so occasionally I’ll use it as a body moisturizer. Plus, rumor has it that coconut oil prevents stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.

I’ve heard it is great to put in smoothies as well. I have yet to try that, but you can bet I will.

A few months ago I started drinking coconut water fairly regularly, specifically peach and mango by Vita Coco. I used it to replace my Coke obsession. Coconut water is naturally low in calories and fat free. It is exploding with potassium (which helps with cramping) and is low in sodium. As a girl who doesn’t really drink water, I appreciate that I can drink coconut water and still stay hydrated. Coconut water can be a little spendy, so I keep my eyes out for sales. Although I figure if I’m not spending my money on coconut water I’d be spending it on coke or coffee, so for me it all balances out. Do you have a favorite brand of coconut water or a favorite flavor?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

holding onto her heart

A couple months ago when my parents were out of town Ashlee and I took over the living room and spent the weekend crafting. Ashlee designed and made a skirt. I opted for painting. I was so inspiring by Promise's DIY and wanted to try making my own. I loved it so much I made two! Plus I did a painting with  lyrics from "I've Got This Friend" by The Civil Wars. I'm not wild about the lyric painting, but I love the other two. I haven't had a chance to hang them so they've found a home leaning on top of my piano for the time being. I'm going to be painting a picture for my cousin's step daughter for her birthday. It will be nice to break out my paints again.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

red hair inspiration

I need to get my hair cut and colored soon. My red has faded and my roots are getting to be noticeable. My stylist is currently on maternity leave so she is going to set me up with one of her coworkers which should hold me over until she is back in June. I've been inspired by the color of these lovely ladies. I think I might do more of a brighter red, (like Katie's picture at the bottom) for spring. I typically do highlights in the spring and summer, but I think I might stay away from them for a few more months. Do you change your hair up with the seasons?






Tuesday, April 24, 2012

dream home

Having moved back home with my parents two and a half years ago, it's been tight quarters and I'm itching for my own space. I am so grateful that they opened their home to me, but I am so ready for my own place. I'm not sure when that will happen, (hopefully soon!) but in the mean time I'm devouring ideas and saving them on pinterest for when I do. The common theme is white and clean with splashes of color, very vintage and eclectic.

(see original sources on my dream home pinterest board)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Movie Monday: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

At the end of March I stayed home sick on a Friday. I was feeling miserable and needed a distraction. I opened Netflix and did some browsing when The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefore) caught my eye. A French musical from 1967? With Gene Kelly? Count me in!

Les Demoisselles de Rochefort is about twins, Delphine and Solange, who teach music and ballet. Both are longing to find their "ideal love" and a life outside their small town of Rochefort. The story is full of almosts and close calls that leave you anxious and hopeful. I think one of my favorite characters is Maxence, a sailor, painter and poet who is looking for his "true feminine ideal"; he is adorable!

I love musicals, but French musicals? It was off the charts fun! I couldn't stop giggling and by the end I had the girls' song stuck in my head, plus the clothes were fabulous. I think it might be my new favorite movie. I mean you have to love a movie that puts a smile on your face when you're feeling sick.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Oh my. I cannot believe life lately. So many hard things have been happening lately. Not necessarily to me, but people I know and people I care about. My coworker's husband passed away unexpectedly on Monday. My great aunt found out her cancer has returned. My dad has had two surgeries in the past two weeks. Work has been especially busy. Need I go on? It's just been a lot.

Despite all these things I am so grateful that I have hope in Jesus. While all these things feel so overwhelming I am trying to remember that I can give my worries, anxieties, and fears to God. I love the scripture, 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." We are called to cast: throw, hurl, fling our anxiety away. Get rid of it. Give it to God. In God we find peace that will bring us through these hard times in life. For that I am so grateful.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

never mine

God has been teaching me a lesson this week (month/year/decade?). By the time I got home from work today I was so emotionally beaten down. So this evening I decided to go on a walk to think/pray/meditate. I couldn't seem to walk far enough to calm the stirring in my heart. As I was walking and listening to Audrey Assad her song Everything Is Yours came on. The lyrics say:

Everything is Yours
If everything is Yours
I'm letting go
No, it was never mine to hold
No, never mine

I about fell over on the sidewalk, overcome with emotion. I seem to go through these vicious cycles of realizing I need to surrender things/people/dreams to God and then it's not long before I look down and I have those things/people/dreams clenched in my fists again. I thought I learned this lessons last year.


These things were never supposed to be mine. At least not forever. I came to the realization that while these things are good, they are not God's BEST for me.

Do you know what that means? God has something BETTER for me, than what I had planned for myself. Wow. Now that is what I need to remember, especially when my heart is feeling broken.


Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Inspiration

Hello lovelies. I don't know about you, but I could use some inspiration and creativity in my life. I've been so busy that I feel like I'm rushing through tasks and life and I've stopped taking the time to appreciate the small things, restore myself and spend time with God. 

How do you take care of yourself or find inspiration in busy seasons of your life?


Monday, April 9, 2012

Music Monday: Jayme Dee-Rules

I adore Jayme Dee, so when I heard she had a song on The Hunger Games soundtrack I was so excited. I took my family to go see the movie on Saturday and we all enjoyed it. I would love to go and see it again! Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

may the odds be ever in your favor

Okay you guys. I jumped on the nerd wagon. I've been wanting to read The Hunger Games Trilogy for awhile. I even put it on my 26 before 27 list. The wait at the library was way too long for me to be patient and I knew I shouldn't spend the money on the books, so my sweet friend, Janelle, sent her books to me and Ashlee to borrow. 

The books arrived Friday afternoon while I was home sick so I started reading. I had The Hunger Games finished and Catching Fire started before I went to bed Friday evening. On Saturday I finished Catching Fire and began Mockingjay. By Sunday afternoon I had finished the series. Obviously I couldn't put them down; I was so immersed in the stories. Suzanne created such a fascinating and heartbreaking world. 

Now I'm dying to see the movie! I hadn't seen previews so the entire time I was reading I kept picturing Gale as Seth Green. I think I have been watching too much Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I know he was never described that way, but I couldn't get Seth's image out of my head. I think the movie is going to blow my mind! I can't wait. Perhaps I'll go this weekend.


Have you read this series? Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Gale? Peeta?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

one in a million girl

I know that last year I wrote a lot about books that I read, but I don't think I've written about any this year. I've been reading like crazy. Five books in the past week!

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Karen Kingsbury books?! She is one of my favorite authors; I have read every one of her books (40+). Last year, (or was it the year before?) I think I gave her book Unlocked as a gift to at least 4 friends.

Her characters are some of my best friends. One of my best friends is Bailey Flanigan from the Bailey Flanigan series. (Leaving, Learning, Longing, Loving. Also, mentioned in Baxter series #s 1, 2, & 3 and Above the Line series.)

Bailey is a young woman from Indiana, who is a gifted singer and dancer and has a large, loving family. Bailey strives to seek God's will for her life and is navigating life after college. Bailey was inspired by Karen's own daughter Kelsey, who is a "one in a million girl" just like Bailey. I have learned so much about life, faith and the person I want to be through reading Karen's books.

I appreciate her honesty and the way she tackles difficult issues in her books. I recently finished reading the Bailey Flanigan series books, Longing and Loving. Bailey's journey brought tears to my eyes as I watched God work in unexpected ways. It reminded me a lot of my own journey, in how unexpected my life has turned out. Despite the ups and downs I know and believe with all my heart that I can trust in God with the unknowns. Things have not turned out how I planned, but I know that God's plan for my life is better than I could have ever imagined.

Check out these trailers for the last two books in the Bailey series.

If you need a recommendation for a Karen book to start reading, I'm your girl!

Karen: youtube, facebook & twitter
Kelsey: twitter
Bailey: facebook

Monday, April 2, 2012

Music Monday: Lady Antebellum-Just A Kiss

March just wasn't my month, but I'm not lost. I am hoping that April will bring time for writing, reading, painting and music. I pray it is a month of renewal and growth. Here is to a new day and a new month.