Fact: Bath&BodyWorks has an aromatherapy line and it is amazing!
Aromatherapy is one of my favorite ways to usher in a relaxed mood; and this pillow mist is perfect for doing just that.
They actually have two versions of the Sleep line one is lavender vanilla and one is lavender chamomile (which is my favorite). And not only do they have mists but they have lotions, body washes, scrubs, bath salts, and more!
I have also tried the body wash from their Stress Relief line, it has a eucalyptus spearmint scent that is absolutely wonderful!
They have two other lines to explore as well, which are: Energy (orange ginger) and Sensual (jasmine vanilla).
I got my mist for $10.00 but they are always having sales and giving out coupons so keep an eye out and give it a try!
Here’s a tip to boost your relaxation: Before you go to bed rub a bit of their massage oil onto the soles of your feet as well as on your chest. why on the feet you ask? Simply because the larger pores allow for faster absorbance.
California is in a drought; this not only physically but, even more so, spiritually.
In 1Kings God uses a drought as a form of judgement over Israel for turning away from Him and worshiping other gods. In chapter 18 He sends His prophet Elijah to the king saying, “Go and present yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the land.”
God did not want to cut the drought short because Israel repented but because He dearly loved His people, and through His sovereign compassion, desired to reveal Himself to His children in a fresh and profound way.
Elijah instructed the king to bring the people of Israel up on a mountain where Elijah challenged the prophets of the other gods saying, “call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire– he is God.” The prophets performed their various ceremonies to no avail, after which, Elijah said a simple prayer and fire came and consumed not only the sacrifice, but the wood it was on as well as a trench of water dug around the altar! The Israelites then fell face down and proclaimed “the Lord– He is God.”
I believe that God uses natural phenomenon (drought, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.) to get our attention. It’s unfortunate that we have drifted so far from Him that, that has to be the case, but it is also comforting to know that He would do such a thing to say, ‘Hey remember Me? Come back!’
Today it rained. I know the drought is not yet over but it is my prayer (and the prayer of many) that with the bad conditions of land and weather, as well as unexpected blessings of relief, we will see and seek the Lord with new hearts. And that this land will be swept with the fire of revival!
If you would like to know a little more about Jesus feel free to check out my post here.
So I have resolved to exercise and eat better, as I have many times and failed horribly, but this time I’m for reals haha.
I decided to start off right by getting some good work out shoes which also served as a motivational boost (I don’t know what it is about buying fitness clothes but it inspires me).
This is the first pair of running shoes that I’ve ever owned; and I LOVE them!
They are WAY light and made with ventilated fabric so your feet don’t get all sweaty, and their design helps with balance and also allows natural movement which makes them super comfy.
I got mine at Target for $29.99 which I think is an amazing price for these shoes.
I’m currently starting this regimen I found on Pinterest that takes you from being a walker to a runner. If you’re interested you can find the regimen here. If you wish to follow me on pinterest you can find me here!
So wish me luck as I try to create a healthy lifestyle; and if you’re on the same boat: I’m proud of you; good job, keep going!!!
So this post is way late in coming but here it is!
I’m super excited to say that the makeup I did for my sweet friend’s wedding was credited on Ruffled (super awesome wedding blog)! See post here.
And of course I can’t help but share some more wonderful photos of that special day here on V&B.
Photos by the clever Daniel Cruz
Florals by the talented Collette Budd of Brier Rose Design
Hair by the lovely Brocale Griggs
Jaime I was so blessed to be a part of your big day, it was beautiful. Praying many blessings for you and Mike!
I always love a recipe that doesn’t call for slaving over the oven for hours for a decent home cooked meal. This quickly became my fave go-to meal for busy weeks due to the fact that I know I will save time without sacrificing taste (& not having to use a lot of pots and pans is nice too)!
Preheat oven to 400
1 cup breadcrumbs
8 slices uncooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons oil (I used olive)
8 slices of Swiss cheese
1 package frozen spinach
small jar of your fave spaghetti sauce
Place breadcrumbs in a resealable baggie and set aside.
Season your chicken and place in breadcrumb baggie in batches til meat is well and evenly coated.
Heat your oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown your chicken til nearly cooked through then remove from skillet.
Place chicken in a greased 11in x 7in x 2in baking dish.
Top each slice with desired amount of thawed spinach, a slice of cheese, and sauce.
Bake for 12-15 min. or until juices run clear.
Serve with some delicious angel hair pasta and garlic bread, and enjoy!
So the last time I did a ‘product of the month’ was back in OCTOBER; yikes! Well now I’m hoping to make up for it by sharing two products with you this month.
First up: Gel Cuticle Remover by Sally Hansen
The main ingredient this product boasts is kiwi which will soften and hydrate but it also contains jojoba and glycol as well. The Jojoba will work as a conditioner along with the kiwi while glycol (an acid derived from sugar cane and other natural resources) does the real work of softening up those cuticles.
I had tried other cuticle softeners before with no luck, but this one actually works. It says to leave on for 3-8 min. (no longer than 10) I left mine on for 5 minutes and it worked like a gem! I got mine at Target for $4.99
And now our next product: Crazy Shine Nail Buffer by Revlon
I was really impressed by this product as well. You use the green side (rougher) to smooth and even out your nail beds; then you use the patterned side (softer) to give your nails that gorgeous, healthy shine. Took only minutes and my nails looked like they were painted afterwards! I got this product at Target as well for around $3.99
Using these products will help to give your hands a fresh manicured look that you can maintain at home; which is great for your schedule and your wallet!
Do you have any manicure products that you are lovin’?
Kaylee truly captures sweetness; she is so mild and kind and always has that beautiful smile on her face!
I can’t wait for the day she becomes a Mrs! She is going to be a wonderful wife and I’m so blessed to be a part of the day that starts it all!
Thanks Kaylee for choosing me as your MUA I’m so excited for you; can’t wait!
(the photos below were captured by 2nd Story Photography)
Aren’t they the cutest?!
Spiderman’s in the background incase you didn’t notice!
Love you guys; 5 months and counting!
Today I’m sharing a list five simple things that I have been loving lately.
First up we have an Anthropologie mug. I literally would love to have every mug and tea cup in that store! This was has been a fave for awhile now as it sports my new last initial. Take a peek at Anthro’s collection here
Next is a ‘Wall Flower’ by Bath & Body Works. This is our first one so we assume it lasts at least a month, but man, they smell delicious! We’re enjoying Chestnut and Clove right now and saving Sweater Weather for later. Check ‘em out here
Then we have a F21 necklace that I love for two reasons: 1 It’s rose gold (who doesn’t love that) 2 It looks like a party banner! Check out other triangular designs here
Here we have a lip color in Sassy Mauve by Revlon that I had purchased here. It is the perfect touch of mauve for all us of fair-skinned peeps!
And last but not least…PAPER STRAWS! I’m obsessed. They are so much fun and come in so many designs, and no, you do not have to have a party in order to use them! I purchased mine here, here, and here. Gotta love that Etsy!
What are some things you’re loving right now? Please share!
Yesterday our friends got married at the gorgeous Riley’s Farm. I had never been there before and I instantly fell in love with it. Everything about that place is chuck full of natural and rustic charm.
The wedding was perfect with its simple vintage details and all the love you can fit in one place.
I’m posting pictures here because I’m trying hard not to blow up Instagram! haha
Here they are; enjoy!
Anthony and Amanda; we wish you many years of love and happiness as God guides you through each day!
This past saturday was my husbands birthday and he chose to spend it up in the mountains. We went to Green Valley Lake where we were immersed in crisp air, and a beautiful display of Autumn colors.
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!