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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hi dear sweet friends!! 

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you're having a happy, restful, family-filled and blessing covered holiday season. I am so excited for some new things I am working on, more frequent posts, and updates I am making to this little blog this week -- just in time for 2015. So excited to share it all with you as well as update you on some things I've been working on (like, what happened to Graceful Mag!) Just gonna say this, ya'll -- planning a wedding and doing the holidays is no joke ;) It can be overwhelming and I've had my plate MORE than full (of so many sweet blessings) but am trying to juggle it all and sometimes I can't do it all (who knew ;) haha!) Will be updating you in the next few days and am excited to reconnect.

'Til then, just wanted to drop in and share a little review on an awesome car I recently had the privilege of test driving. Thanks to Drive STI, I had the fun opportunity to drive the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and it was super fun.

This vehicle got GREAT gas mileage. Probably the best of any car I've reviewed -- which, to me is a huge plus! I would totally recommend this little gem -- it's compact but totally roomy! Daniel's mama visited us in California the week I reviewed it and we tooled around in the Mirage the entire time she was here -- all over So Cal, and it was roomy enough for Daniel's and my long legs (haha!) and several passengers. 

The model I drove and reviewed was the color "Kiwi Green" which actually fit perfectly for almost-Christmastime -- super festive! 

Some of my personal favorite features of 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 5 Door Hatchback: 

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  •  Front wheel drive (FWD)
  • USB Port (gotta have that to charge those iPhones and play music!)
  •  14 " alloy wheels
  • Space saver temporary spare tire (I was really impressed that it was totally hidden and did not take up extra space.)
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • Key passive entry system with panic alarm
  • Floor center console with cup holders (x3)
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • 2-volt accessory outlet 
  • 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system 
My Experience + Thoughts: 
What a fun car to drive! It was very easy to navigate and felt super safe (partly because of the rear camera.) Honestly, it was a smooth ride, very roomy, the seats were super comfortable, and the gas mileage was amazing. (Seriously, my fiance filled up and was so excited!) 

I would highly recommend this vehicle -- especially for those looking for something beautiful, practical, and budget-friendly yet still NICE! 

Thank you again, Drive STI! 

The retail price of this vehicle is: $17,105

Disclaimer: I received the product in this post for free to review, but my opinions shared are always 100% honest and my own. 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmastime is such a sweet season, and one of my favorite things about it is the gift giving. Wrapping up presents and watching your loved ones light up as they rip kraft paper and washi tape packages and untie red satiny ribbons is one of the best joys in life.

 I especially love Christmas girls nights with my sister and girl friends! Yet, sometimes for us gals -- as we are pinching pennies in college, scrimping along as we pursue careers, or are saving for weddings (me haha!) it can be hard to find affordable yet fabulous gifts that fit into our smaller budgets. 

So, I've come up with a list of twelve pretty, practical, and lovely gift ideas that I know my sis and besties would adore -- all under $25 each! 

I hope you find it helpful and inspiring. 

Adore you and you and you!! 



1.  Sugar Lip Treatment will keep her lips sweet and hydrated all winter! [$22.50] 

2.  My inspiring e-book,"P.S. He Loves You" [$8.99] (i think it would be a great idea to give to a girlfriend or sis -- just print out the cover page + put it in an envelope and then you can e-mail it to her!)

3. "Cold Hands Warm Heart" Thermal Mug -- perfect for taking her favorite coffee and tea on the go. [$18.00] 

4. Treat her to these adorable Faux Shearling Bear Slippers -- soft, lush and comfy! [$7.00] 

5. A bottle of Marc Jacobs Nail Polish is chic and classy. [$18.00]

6. Salted caramel hot chocolate Philosophy Shower Gel [$9.99] 

7. A feminine floral Travel Makeup Case for all her adventures! [$9.80] 

8. What an inspiring way to start 2015: a beautiful wall calendar. [$22.00] 

9. This gorgeous, inspiring and precious print will make her swoon. [$14.00] 

10. A cozy, striped scarf will make the ideal accessory for her new year! [$10.80] 

11. An adorable monogrammed mug with the sweetest stripes. [$6.99] 

12. A Mint + Gold + Peach Throw Pillow for her apartment, house, or dorm! [$18.50] 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Monday, beauties! 

Sharing another little printable I designed, just to encourage you + me as we start our week.
May we remember oh how much we need Him, day by day. 

He is all I need.

/ Right click on JPG photo below, save to your computer 
and print or use as a screensaver /



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

I celebrated two beautiful Thanksgivings this year: one with my family in California and one with Daniel's family in Texas. We have oh so much to be grateful for, and I am overwhelmed with how good the Lord is. Just wanted to share some snapshots from our special days.

How was your Thanksgiving?? Love you all so much!


^^ California Thanksgiving with my sweet family ^^
^^ flight from california to texas // and, essentials. ^^

^^ oh so much canasta playing ^^
 ^^ uncle daniel + little roo ^^
^^ sixty stories up, looking over Houston ^^
^^ we found the best coffee shop in houston ^^
^^ beautiful sunrise in galveston with all the girls ^^
^^ me + the brothers ^^
^^ black friday j.crew finds ^^
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I love brands that create beautiful products -- especially fashion. And when a brand has a greater purpose than just fashion? That is the best

This is why I just adore Lovishly: love lavishly, give extravagantly. Founded by a mama to 9 children (5 adopted) who wants to change the world. It is a project that was created to educate and empower girls (oh my heart!) The Lovishly website reads: Our goal is to educate girls on hard issues and empower girls by giving them the ability to give back all while reminding them and encouraging them with truth.   

Lovishly Co. created the most beautiful handcrafted necklaces. What's even better? They choose various non-profits that share their values and mission and donate 15% of their sales. How amazing is that?

 I LOVE this shop and the heart behind it. Please check it out, sisters -- it is the perfect place to shop for Christmas presents for your mamas, sisters, and friends! As a bride-to-be, I've got my eye on a few necklaces that would be perfect to gift to my bridesmaids!! They have a women's AND a girl's collection, so you can also pick up gifts for the little gals in your life!

Lovishly sent me the loveliest necklace and I modeled it for y'all along with a fun outfit I wanted to share (details below!) I love the lyrics on the necklace I got -- from one of my favorite worship songs. And, it is so well-made. I encourage you ladies to check out this beautiful shop and follow them on their social media:

outfit details

jacket: thrifted 
dress: ally fashion
shoes: kohl's 
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Monday, November 10, 2014

My sweet fiance Daniel just shared his latest music video on his YouTube channel and I thought I'd share it with y'all to encourage you! He covered a song by one of our favorite bands, For King and Country -- "Proof of Your Love." We looove this song and the message behind it. 

check out Daniel's music

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Happy Monday, beauties!

Sharing a little Monday printable to encourage ya! 

Just right-click and save and then print! 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hi friends!  

Daniel + I filmed and shared episode two of our little YouTube show. Sharing our wedding registry from date night! Hope you enjoy following along on our adventures! 

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Engagement and falling in love and life craziness pushed my regular blogging schedule somewhat to the backseat this past summer. Not now! This autumn I am back and so thrilled to be here again on an almost-daily basis with you, my precious friends! And I am excited to (finally) catch up on sharing some of my highlights with Cowboy through 2014. Starting today with sharing his birthday celebration back in August -- we spent a magical, whirlwind day at Disneyland. Perfect weather, delicious food, short ride wait times, sweet treats, and laughter filled our day. Such a sweet blessing and I think Daniel enjoyed his birthday... I loved celebrating him! I have spent several of my birthdays and even my high school graduation at Disney as I'm a born and raised California gal, and so it's SUPER fun showing off one of CA's most fabulous attractions to my Oklahoma man. Thanks for the memories, Disneyland! 
And here he is -- sitting in the same exact little nook in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle --where he said "I love you" to me for the first time ever, 3 months before, and I said it back.
A perfectly magical birthday for my wonderful man!


Thank you to Drive STI -- the awesome company I work with who so kindly let us drive and review a (gorgeous) 2015 Mazda6 i Grand Touring, just for our fun birthday celebration out! (SUCH a dreamy vehicle.)
We sooo enjoyed driving this beautiful, new vehicle. And look how pretty the red color is! It's called "Soul Red." The awesome people at Drive STI purposefully chose this red shade for me because "it looks like Disneyland!" -- just my kinda thinking!

Some of my personal favorite features of 2015 Mazda6 i Grand Touring:

  • Black leather interior
  • Leather-trimmed sport seats (so comfortable!)
  • Heated front seats (I'm a total wimp when it comes to colder weather, so this was right up my alley!)
  • Power moonroof
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • 5.8" Touchscreen Display
  • Auto-dimming driver side mirrors
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone/audio
  • Rearview camera (such a nice safety feature) 
  • USB Audio input and HD radio
  • 184 Horsepower, 185 LB-FT Torque
  • 32 miles per gallon gas mileage (we were truly impressed by how little we had to fill up. Incredible gas mileage!)
  • Advanced keyless entry system60/40 split fold-down rear seat (so much room.)

My Experience + Thoughts: 
I absolutely loved driving this vehicle (and so did Daniel!) It was totally luxury, got amazing gas mileage, drove so smoothly, had such a beautiful, sleek look, and was one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever driven in. It's roomy, affordable, high quality, practical, and just gorgeous inside and out. I HIGHLY recommend it and would definitely consider purchasing this car. I honestly encourage you to check it out! 

Thank you again, Drive STI! 

The retail price of this vehicle is: $33,345

Disclaimer: I received the product in this post for free to review, but my opinions shared are always 100% honest and my own. 

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