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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunshine Sunday: I Am Beautiful Challenge

One of my best friends is currently serving a mission for our church in Washington D.C. While on her mission she has learned the valuable lesson of inner beauty and not letting it distract her from serving others. She recently has written about it here and issued a challenge to all of us. Please go and read about her experience. 

Here is her challenge to each of us:

  1. No make up. None. (Sorry to the guys out there! OR you can adapt as necessary by sacrificing something that will help you center your focus on others rather than yourself.
  2. Take a picture a day, caption it with a positive I AM statement and write a brief explanation. Use hashtag #IAMBeautiful
  3. Invite others to join!
The event/challenge will be starting September 7th, found here.

I hope you will take the time to read about what she has learned and join us in this challenge. What a great opportunity to learn to love yourself and find ways to build ourselves up with "I AM" statements. Loving ourselves for things that aren't maybe popular, or forgetting about our looks and reaching out to help others.

When she told me about this great event I expressed to her that due to my job I can't go completely natural. I felt really bad because I really wanted to be a part of this. She suggested giving up something else that will help me "center my focus on others" instead of on myself. Ideas like: Once you get ready for the day don't go out of your way to look in a mirror or worry what you look like, or no negative comments about yourself or others.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Savvy Style: Labor Day Sales!!!

There are so many Labor Day sales going on right now, I just can't handle it. So this weekend is the weekend of learning self-control ;). But I thought I'd at least share some of my favorites sales!

First is ASOS. A huge 75% off and then you get 10% more off with the code HAVE10. Now they have a huge selection and some stuff is really kind of out there but if you have the time you can find some good stuff. The items I'm eyeing are:

Midi Skater Dress
Midi Skirt in Pleated Lace
Color Block Baseball Top
Polka Dot Print 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Top



Next is Anthropologie. They are having an extra 20% of sale items. Now I love this store but can not afford it so I get excited when they have sales. I get a little hope that just maybe I"ll find something a I can afford! Here is what I'm loving:

Curracloe Maxi Skirt
Joa Stitched Tee
Honey Valley Tee

And finally UrbanOG. Their entire site is marked down! I just ordered a few pairs of shoes from them because of their great prices, and then you throw a sale on that and self-control goes out the window! Here is what I found:

Strappy Open Toe Platform Wedge
Suede Kitten Wedge Sandals
Leopard Round Toe Ballet Flat











Go check these sales out!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Turn Your Photos into Polaroid Pictures


How to turn your photos into polaroid pictures
In case you were wondering, that guy is El Guapo, my brother. You can read his awesome book blog HERE or political blog HERE
I thought I'd do a follow up to my Triangle Memo Board with a recap post about turning your photos into polaroids pictures without a polaroid camera. I still fondly remember wanting a polaroid camera really bad when I was younger. I was so entranced with the instant photo gratification. With today's amazing digital technology, polaroid cameras really are obsolete. But what I still remember that was special about polaroids was that you took the picture hoping it was a good one, but what came out of the camera was instant and final; no deleting and redoing.  To me, I feel like we've lost a bit of magic when digital came to be. Film photography there were no redos if you didn't like the picture. And all pictures were printed no matter what. Anyway, enough nostalgia, let's make some polaroids pictures!

How To Turn Your Photos Into a Polaroid Picture
1. Download the polaroid program  HERE for free.
2. Once downloaded, open up. It will look like a Polaroid camera. All you have to do is drag with your mouse a photo from your library and drop it on the film coming out of the Polaroid camera. 
To Change Settings: click the blue and white circle - you can make the photo more vintage or less vintage (I usually opt for the less vintage option). You can also change where your photos will be saved after they are done developing. 
Then just wait for it to "develop". A red ribbon will appear on the photo when done. 
3. Now open your photo editing program and open a new document with these dimensions: Width - 1391 and Height - 2081 Resolution - 72. 
Then open your polaroid and copy and paste into the blank document. Save it and you can now print it as a 4x6. After you print it, just cut off the excess on the bottom of the photo. 
How to turn your photos into polaroid pictures
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunshine Sunday: Find Joy

I know this is a late post but it is something I really have been working on lately and felt to share.

Found here.

This quote is pretty self explanatory, but it is so hard to do. But I just have really found recently as I've been working on it my days have been so much better. I haven't felt as inadequate, I felt happier, my confidence has been better. I've seen so many more small miracles that I normally wouldn't have seen. 

I think we go through life expecting big great things all the time, and if we don't we think something is wrong with us, and it affects our whole mood! So I thought I'd share this little thought with you. I'd love to hear about how finding joy in the ordinary has made a difference in your life!

Have a great week!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finds: Colorful Kitchen

Lately I've had the itching for my own home. Not that I don't love living at home. I've been so blessed to be able to come home and live with my family. I'll definitely miss them when the time comes for me to move on. But lately I keep seeing the most adorable kitchen supplies and so colorful! And let me say, Anthropologie has the most fantastic kitchen supplies, so cute and fun!

Today I'm sharing with you some items I've found recently that I sure hope I'll find in my own kitchen one day. Enjoy!

 Found in this super cute Etsy Shop, RossLab.

 I want my kitchen to be this colorful! Found here.

 Aren't these the cutest?! Found at Anthropologie.
 Anthropologie for the win!
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