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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Oscar night 2015 was spent with my family, eating my mom's delicious homemade lasagna, salad, and bruschetta. Daniel and I really hadn't seen many of the movies this year, but I just loved seeing the gorgeous gowns worn on the show! And was happy to see that BLUSH pink was like the color of the year -- because it's one of our wedding colors! Some of the ladies sported the shade, and pulled it off beautifully. See the gowns here

I'm so inspired by blush (because, I'm obsessed with all things pink!) -- not just for my wedding, but also for my wardrobe in general. We can incorporate blush shades into all parts of our clothing and home! 

To inspire you, I compiled all my favorite blush items this season. Isn't it lovely? (some of the items show up here in different colors, but if you click on them they come in blush/pale pink ;) 

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Monday, February 23, 2015


"I am my beloved's and He is mine." - Song of Songs 6:3

Oh, the sweetness of these words.

I need the reminder, often.

No matter what comes and goes in our lives. No matter who loves us or leaves us. No matter how we feel. No matter what we do: if we are "good" or "bad." He loves us, just the same. With the longest, highest, deepest, widest love there is.

I made this printable over the weekend as a reminder to myself and am sharing it with you. Right click the image to save it (it's a JPG) and print it, save it to your computer or phone, and remember: He loves you.


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Saturday, February 21, 2015


Happy Friday, friends! 

When I started my blog, one of the very first things I did was start a "series" of sorts called "Four Favorites" where I shared a handful of fun, inspiring things I found that week -- things in my life or links from around the Internet. Over time I forgot about it. Well, I thought it would be fun to bring it back but am changing it up a bit! So, here goes! I'll be blogging about some of my favorite things at the end of each week, curating a list that will (hopefully) inspire you in some way or another over your weekend. Enjoy! (and thank you for all the kind words about me being back. I couldn't be happier!)


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This phone case makes me all kinds of swoony. 

I've been drinking coconut chai tea with raw honey every morning and adore it. 

I think I may need this top

Four ways to keep our emotions under control.

The best smelling hairspray I've ever used (my fiancĂ© loves when I wear it!) 

How to get old home videos onto the computer. (this is genius! My family has so many we want to preserve.) 

My favorite Essie nail polish

Watch this if you're having a bad day. I am honestly obsessed with this video. 

What every Target shopper needs to know

How pretty is this Anthropologie lipstick? And it's only 12 bucks! 

You NEED to remember this today. 

Ten signs you're in a toxic relationship.

I cannot stop staring at these.

There's nothing better than a pink strawberry donut. And here's a recipe so you can make one this weekend. 

The perfect lip balm for winter dryness. (I've sworn by it since Jr. High!) 

Fourteen ways to add protein to every meal easily. 


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'm back!

After taking some time away from my blog to focus on planning my wedding -- it's a sweet time in my life right now and I'm so grateful for all the Lord has done. Daniel and I are getting married this spring (!!) and life is a perfectly wonderful whirlwind.

Thank you, my faithful readers, for sticking with me on this journey -- even when I've been away at times. Life is beautiful and dreams do come true. I have so much to share with you. So many parts of our love story that I have not yet shared. And we will be doing that soon, in a special way I will be sharing with you soon. 

I am back to sharing my heart in this space, and -- as you can see, I have a new design!

Just to update y'all on a project I started this past summer, Graceful Magazine. I launched this dream of mine right before getting engaged...but, because I didn't know I'd be getting engaged (I thought it would be months away....Daniel tricked me ;) I started this big project and then life got....insanely busy and wedding planning started! At this time, I've decided it's not best for me to pursue the mag... as much as I wish I had endless time! But, we can't do it all -- and for me, the most important thing is to focus on my upcoming marriage and my man. Someday, I will pick it up again. But, for now, I will be here.... at this blog. This blog that has seen me through so many ups and downs, highs and lows. That has brought priceless friends into my life and given me hope when I felt hopeless. Thank you, friends. More excitement coming soon, and stories from the months I have been traveling and falling in love, wild and free. Love you all! 


* photos by imkristen.com




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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A year ago, I wrote and self-published my very first e-book. Writing is a passion of mine (hence, the blog!) and especially writing that is focused on inspiring and encouraging women....to be all we can be, to know how loved we are by God, to know how valuable we are, to know our dreams matter and we are precious! And so, I decided to compile some letters -- from my heart to yours -- in devotional style, to inspire + encourage you.


 "darling friend, you are loved. you are treasured. you are worth more than diamonds. he wants you to bloom, to fly, to become all you can be. he wants you to be happy. he wants you to be treated right. he wants to heal you, redeem you, bless you. you are a gem. do not listen to the lies they whisper. go out there & shine! do not settle, do not fear. you are always enough. you are never too much. 
your dreams are beautiful, your passions mean something. jump, fly, be fearless. you are beautiful, because he loves you. get it girl." 
- excerpt from "P.S. He Loves You" 

Purchase the book: HERE 

** please note, the book is an e-book at this time -- it will be emailed to you in a PDF file and you can read it on your computer, mobile device, tablet, iPad, etc :) 




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* 11 letters from my heart
*39 pages + photos + art

Sneak Peeks: 

Table of Contents...

Preview of a few pages....


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015




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Friends! As you can see, the blog is under construction and I am almost ready to be back to blogging -- this coming Friday, right before Valentine's Day! So excited to be back sharing my heart, life, story and loves! Just wanted to stop in during the "remodel" process this week and share some of my favorite pretty things for Valentine's Day. It's one of my favorite holidays (obviously because of alllll the pink :) but believe it or not, this is my very first Valentine's Day to have a real Valentine (other than my sweet dad who always bought me and Sister presents) -- my Cowboy! He has a surprise day planned on Saturday, and I'm just so thankful for his sweet heart and thoughtfulness. He truly cherishes me and that is one of the main things I always looked for in a guy. Keep on waiting, beautiful girls who aren't settling -- good men exist (even if it took me 27 Valentine's Days to find "him! ;)  

Below are some more of my favorite items for this pink and red holiday of love: 

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