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We’ve all been there, right? Walking through town, or strolling through a park, or along the beach, when an impossibly happy couple catches our eye and holds it for a few seconds too long and, in those few seconds, we wonder to ourselves, “what is their secret?” This is totally normal. It is totally normal and healthy to want happiness in your lives and to want to be in the happiest of happy relationships.

Well, I’ve got some fantastically quirky words of advice, which I’m totally going to share with you.

Act Like You Just Met

It could be that you have been together for eight months, or you could have been sharing a bed for eight years, it doesn’t matter; try spending a little bit of time each and every day acting like you only just met. The reason for this is time. Yeah, time has a way of stopping us from exploring each other because we think we know everything there is about them. Don’t let this happen. Pretend like you still have so much to find out because you still do. Ask each other questions, loads of questions, like what would you do with the money if you won the lottery if you could fly where would you fly, and what they thought of that episode of Breaking Bad. The daily grind gets boring, but fresh questions bring about a fresh love.

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Do More Date Nights

When you first met, it was all about impressing each other, getting experiences together and celebrating the privilege of spontaneity as you ran off some adventure you would never have done alone. Don’t let this enthusiasm fade over time. Date nights are the not-so-secret secret of happy couples. If you don’t know where to start, then go on https://www.theticketmerchant.com.au/ and buy a ticket to the first event that makes either of you smile. Sports, music, whatever. Getting involved in what the other person loves is such a great way to bond with a smile. Or better yet, book a date that will surprise you both, find that new band or new film or new restaurant that could take you on a whole new journey together; one that creates happy memories.

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Watch The Booze

By all means, go out and have fun on the town together, or enjoy a  bottle of wine on a Friday night, curled up on the sofa together with the latest episode of the whatever you’re binging on Netflix. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, unwinding as a couple and sharing a few tipsy laughs is great for the soul. But don’t over do it. Basically, less booze means less things you’ll have to worry about. Research has shown that a relationship can be shaken and stirred by too much booze. As http://www.lifehack.org states, young adults who drink heavily are less likely to have fun in the sheets, less likely to wed, more likely to separate sooner and will be less happy in the long run. So, yeah, just know your limits and enjoy each other’s bubbly self without any accessories to this joy.

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Whatever it is you have planned for today, I ask that you take a moment to remember what Memorial Day actually means. It is a time to remember those who lost their lives serving this country. Whether or not you believe in the causes behind war, please remember that these brave men and women signed up to fight for your right to have those beliefs. By all means, use the day as time to spend with family and enjoy, but please don’t forget what today is really about. I’m lucky in that the love of my life, my best friend, is only currently away for a short while and I’ll see him in less than a month. Others are not so lucky.

My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one in the United States Armed Services. May their sacrifice never be forgotten.

A verse for all who currently serve in the United States Armed Services:

Psalm 144:1-2 “Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”

A verse for those who we lost in their service:

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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So completely inspired by Kristyn’s post last week,  I started contemplating my own spiritual journey. I say journey, because honestly, I don’t think you can ever stop growing in your relationship with God or the church, whatever either of those might mean for you.

Corinthians 13:4 bible verse print

Recently, as in the past couple of years, I’ve felt a connection with the church in ways that I haven’t in a long time. I grew up with church every Sunday, Vacation Bible School every summer (attending and then as a counselor) and when I was in college, there wasn’t a church family on campus that I felt connected to. As an Episcopalian, I wasn’t permitted to take communion at the Catholic service, but the protestant service just wasn’t for me- much more evangelical than what I grew up with. To be honest, the Catholic service would have been a much better fit, with a very similar service structure and basically the same prayers, but communion has been a big part of my church life since I was little. Although my church did have an official “First Communion” service for the kids in my age group, I was allowed to partake after several weekly lessons with my mom and proving to her that I knew what the wine + wafer meant.

When I came home from college though, I became a lot more involved at St. John’s Olney. Unless I was working (dang retail hours!) I went to church. I became active in the outreach committee with Baby’s Bounty and it was nice to go back to surrounding myself with the church family that watched me grow up. As with Kristyn, I found that moving into DC took another toll on my spiritual life, until I went to my friend Matthew’s confirmation and started going to St. John’s Lafayette with him and a group of EpiscoPALS. I had what I like to call at God moment at that church. It was the Epiphany service and there was a bit of a mini pageant when we sang We Three Kings. As we sang the final chorus, for the first time, I cried in church just because I was overwhelmed by God. It’s so hard to explain, but it was a moment I can never forget.

I was very, very lost for a few years, probably more than most people ever even saw. My heart had been broken over and over again and I wasn’t treating myself very well. I often look back on some of my behavior and cringe. But God stood by me, and kept listening. I recently had a long talk with a family friend about my engagement and he asked me, “do you know who had to do what to make sure that you ended up with Kendall? This was planned.” It was planned. I prayed for Kendall not knowing who he was or when I’d find him. So did my (friend’s) Grandma Bernice. She literally walked up to me at Tiffany + Patrick’s rehearsal dinner and said to me, “Hello I am Grandma Bernice. We know each other on Facebook and I pray on my rosary every night that you will get married and I’ll come to your wedding too.”

I believe in the power of prayer. As a little girl, I saw my congregation pray for a girl my age who became paralyzed during surgery and was never supposed to walk again. Within 24 hours, her toes could move and later on we ended up in the same high school dance company. I was stuck in a snow storm in a convertible and lost- Lord’s Prayer over and over until I could make it safely to a family friend’s house. Prayed for a special love all my life (literally since I was old enough to pray silently by myself) and to quote Kristyn: God showed up and showed off! I thank him every day for my blessings and the people in my life and a running list of things that I know are on the hearts of my friends as well. My mom may have been instrumental in getting me to church, but my relationship with God + my many guardian angels is one that I have had to foster on my own through the years. I’m nowhere near where I want to be spiritually, but I’m working on it.

I want to leave you with my favorite words from the Bible, you may have already seen them if you looked it up from my Instagram bio. This describes perfectly how I feel about my faith:

Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good. –Pslam 25:7

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Throughout our lives, our bodies are constantly changing. Particularly through our teen years. By them time we hit our twenties we have a rough idea of our natural body shape. Some of us will be tall, others short. We have apple shaped figures, pear shape and, of course, the glorious hour glass figure. The problem is, we aren’t always that happy with what we have been given!

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Firstly, it is really important to remember that nearly everyone feels the same about their bodies. Even those friends of yours who are in the gym every day, they are always striving to have a better body, more muscle definition, and a toned stomach. If you ask anyone out running at 5 am if they are happy with their body, most of them will let you know something that isn’t quite right.  You aren’t alone.

A very common body issue we all share focuses on our breasts. It appears that none of us a very happy with ours! Breasts are very important to women, and we hold them as part of our femininity. We also hear men talk about them so much that we sometimes obsess over our shape. If you are concerned about yours, there are some exercises that you can do to improve the shape of your bust. Although these might be better for preventing breast drop rather than improving it. It will also help if you keep your skin moisturized using a product such as Bio Oil or if you want to go natural, coconut oil. If you are upset about the shape of your breasts, you could consider breast enhancement pills; there are some great products on the market if you are thinking of investing in your body, however you should talk to your doctor first.

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The way we dress can have a massive impact on the way we look. So it’s important to make sure you are dressing for your figure. Some women say they can’t wear the gorgeous play suits that are so on trend and talk about how much envy they have towards girls who can. The truth is, they could wear a play suit, they just haven’t found one that is cut for them yet. Some girls have shorter bodies and longer legs; this means that a high waisted hemline will make you look heavier on top. Other women are too afraid to wear something that nips in at the waist because they believe they are too big for that. Tighter fitting clothes often show off a curvy figure far better than loose ones. For girls who don’t like their skinny frame, there are also lots of clever cuts which can give the illusion of shape. So, before you start dressing all in black get yourself to a stylist and see what they say. A lot of retailers offer the service for free, so it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Learning to love your body is vital, so before you criticize it too much, try alternative ways of dressing and exercising which might make you feel more confident. You are beautiful! We promise!

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Sometimes it’s important to shut that fashion magazine full of skinny models – you know, the one that you enjoy reading while having a sip of your favorite coffee – and to embrace the reality of who you are. First of all, you are beautiful, don’t trust what fashion magazines tell you. You don’t need to be a size zero to look and feel amazing. And unless you are morbidly obese, you don’t need to go on a diet to love yourself. Now if losing weight is what you want, nobody is stopping you. But if the only reason to lose weight is to feel good about yourself, and especially if there is no medical reasoning behind your diet, then you need to look for other solutions.

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Embrace The Fitness Appeal

As odd as it might sound, exercising actually releases endorphin, which is the happiness hormone. It’s not about sweating the excess fat off, but about getting a fit and strong body – which is not the same thing than a skinny body –, and genuinely being happy in your skin. This might need a bit of practice at first, but all you need is to pick fitness gear that motivates you. If you’re one for the pink fashion, embrace the fitness girl power with sparkles, colorful tops, and fancy kicks. You will find that the motivation of wearing fashion fitness clothes will keep you coming back and discovering the key to your inner balance. You can find plenty of activities that are guaranteed to boost your mood, from yoga to Zumba, via power walking. No need to sweat at the gym and to compare your body to those of regular members anymore: Good mood guaranteed.

Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Body Souffle/6.76 oz.

Clever Non-Invasive Treatments

Feeling good is not only about endorphin hormone. Sometimes, it’s about actually seeing a difference and finding a body that you can love again. When dieting and heavy fitness programs don’t work, you have one more solution before considering an invasive surgical operation: You can find effective body contouring treatments at a dermatologist. From a freezing approach that targets the fat cells with cooling treatments to an ultrasound device that stimulates collagen growth in your face, there are many techniques to address the problems you might be struggling with. But the results are real, and you can begin to notice the differences within a few weeks.

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Dress Your Shape

It’s not your weight that matters; it’s your shape. And you’d be surprised to know that most women can’t dress for their shape. Dressing for your shape requires you to understand whether your body is pear, apple, hourglass shaped, and how to maximize your sexy features and to hide the bits and bobs that you dislike. This might need some body measurements, but it’s only to help you feel and look good in your clothes.

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Be Loved And Love Back

There’s nothing like love to make you feel beautiful. Whether it’s a partner, a spouse, or a trusted group of friends, surrounding yourself with positive statements and emotions, is the best way to be good in your skin.

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