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Friday, January 20, 2012

{four favorites}



  Sometimes, I find a song that just has something about it. Makes me smile. Makes me feel good. And then ... it's: ready or not, song - you're gonna have the life sucked out of you. On replay! Lately I've been playing Tim McGraw's "Where The Green Grass Grows" - seriously,  of all the songs that could be inspiring.....how random can you get?! (I think it's that part of me that just wants to marry a farmer and live off the land - can I get a heck yeah, girls?!) Hey - I don't ask questions or try to explain it. If it inspires me to create, to be better, to work harder, smile more...it goes! (And I ride that pony into the ground.)

It's not always a song. It can be a photograph. Or a piece of art.  That perfectly fitting pair of jeans. A certain recipe that I make over and over, because it just has "it". You can't really define "it", can you? It's there or it's not. But I think it boils down to inspiration.

And when I find inspiration in something, this girl milks it.

Besides old country songs, this week's inspirations...

{tea every night}

french vanilla decaf + soy milk (vanilla flavored)

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a little honey

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a tiny spoonful of brown sugar.




{starting each morning like this - coffee & Jesus}

my new commitment: before i check my email, facebook, twitter, or blogger comments. before i make phone calls, work out, do laundry or put make-up on. i read & pray. i've always liked to think this was how i lived. but now, i really do it. try it - focuses your mind on what is important and puts you in the right perspective for the entire day.

{a daily Greens Complexion Smoothie}

i can't help but share the recipe. in 4 days, my skin & hair are glowing (not kidding!)

Greens Complexion Smoothie

1 cup frozen berries
1 large banana
1/4 cup Bolthouse carrot juice
1/2 cup fresh kale, spinach, collard greens or frozen spinach

blend, add more juice if you desire.
and sip every morning to your heart's content.
so healthy, yet you can't taste the greens at all - the fruit covers it up!

*i found the recipe here!


{My nightly read}

Go buy it - Katie is amazing. Check out her website.
 you will laugh, cry, & you just might be inspired to do something big for God.


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What inspires you this weekend?


Be blessed, loves.

(and when you find your "it" ... milk it. here's to living life once!)

XO

Erin

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Friday iPhone Photo Drop


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26 comments:

  1. I really need to get into this whole tea thing! I think I like the sound of yours...with all the extra added goodness. :) I want to make it my goal to be in the Word and prayer BEFORE I do ANYTHING. That is so wise and such a good idea! And look at your pretty hair in the car! Gorgeous Erin!

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  2. Fun stuff!! love the tea ritual and the spending time with Jesus early in the morning :) Those also both inspire me!

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  3. I love favorites!! BTW: Thanks for the recipe --- love that! I am going to try it out! My favorites: Baths, Chai Tea, reading... :)

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  4. Yay I am so so excited about this smoothie!
    Tea is the absolute best, and is a perfect addition to time with God for sure!
    I've heard only amazing things about Katie's book. I should go get that one next!

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  5. Wow, I need to try that smoothie thing, my skin is awful at the moment!

    Oh and I totally agree that sometimes I just feel like going and marrying a farmer and living off the land :P I lo-ve country music!

    Say :)

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  6. I love love love love love the pictures on this post!!(: & I really wanna get that book! :)

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  7. love this :) I love me some tea as well! It's always sooo good! I love that you've made it a priority to read the word and pray before anything else. I need to do the same, seriously!

    Thanks for this. I love your hair btw! You are too gorgeous!

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  8. Love this! The tea sounds yummy! Growing up in the u.k made me a hard core tea girl for life :) I ordered Katies book a few days ago (backordered because it's so popular) . I can't wait to read it!!!

    You are such a sweet inspiration Erin.

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  9. I'm a felllow tea LOVER too!!! Yes i couldn't agree more when i make that time for prayer& reading Gods word in the morning my day is so much smoother. Full of so much more clarity with my emotions & words...And thanks for sharing that smoothie recipe i'm definitely going to try it soon:)

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  10. the book sounds so interesting! i would love to hear more about it! xo

    C

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  11. i love smoothies. and that picture (from instagram) is so pretty of you! you have such gorgous hair.

    southernpinky.blogspot.com

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  12. I use that same smoothie recipe every morning and it definitely keeps me energized throughout the day! And I love the idea of truly starting your day off focusing on God. So great.

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  13. I love tea as well! I have never made it like you shared but I am going to try that tonight! Thank you for commenting on my blog! :)

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  14. That smoothie sounds amazing! I might just have to try that! :)

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  15. i'm not a big tea drinker, but i think i just might have to try it the way you described it! sounds amazing :)

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  16. I can't get enough tea! :) And yours looks great!! :) But now I REALLY gotta try that smoothie! I've heard all about it, but never tried it. Now I just gotta!

    All The Love In The Universe
    Digger

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  17. Hi Erin! Thanks for checking out my blog :)
    I've really been trying to start my mornings off every day reading God's word. It really does put your entire day into perspective!

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  18. yay! i love. i love. i cannot wait to start my copy of katie's book! hope you have a blessed week.

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  19. Erin,
    I nominated you for something! Go check it out on my blog!

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  20. Mmmm green smoothies are so good you forget how healthy they are! And Kisses from Katie is inspirational, such a good read!

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  21. Loving your blog! I love how you so openly share your faith! Good for you! I think everyone needs a little more "coffee & Jesus" in their lives.
    I'm becoming a follower, check my blog (A Bluegrass Girl's Blog) out at specialedteacherk@blogspot.com

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  22. oo everything looks so healthy! love your pictures and your shoes look so comfy!

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  23. I LOVE tea.. :) near and dear to my heart. and I am hopelessly addicted to using Instagram! haha!

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  24. Girl! You are gorg!! With you on the coffee and smoothies.

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  25. Yuuummm! That smoothie looks delicious! I need to start incorporating greens into mine!!!

    Bailey
    http://lostandfound-bailee.blogspot.com/

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"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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