July 2, 2015

July Freebie | USA



Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl | With The Butter Half

Do I have a treat for you today! That's intended to be punny since it really is quite a treat in the food department! My sweet friend, Abbey recently started a new blog, The Butter Half sharing some amazing and mouth watering recipes so we've decided it would be a wonderful idea to have her contribute over here every once in a while to share something yummy with you! I give you, Abbey--

DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE BOWL
[ first seen on The Butter Half ]



INGREDIENTS:

For the smoothie:

1 dragon fruit (pitaya)

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup blueberries

2 bananas

1 tablespoon lemon water

For the toppings:

1/2 kiwi, peeled and sliced

1/2 banana, peeled and sliced

1/2 mango, peeled and sliced

1/4 dragon fruit, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup granola (link to my homemade granola, here.)

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the dragon fruit in half and scoop out of skin. Place in a blender or food processor with the pineapple, blueberries, bananas and water. Mix well until pureed and smooth. Place in the freezer to chill for 10-15 minutes.

2. While the smoothie puree is chilling, cut up and measure out all the toppings.

3. Pour the dragon fruit smoothie into a bowl. Gently add on the toppings and enjoy!





I hope you love the idea of Abbey coming over to share some delectable recipes with you. Make sure to follow her on social media to see all her delicious meals and treats and her awesome food photography... I mean, that girl has talent!



July 1, 2015

Feeling the Feels


That about sums it up these days. We've been on this home journey that includes so many more ups and down than you would really anticipate and recently it's been the lowest of lows. Nothing seems to be going right but we're pushing through and trusting the Lord with everything.

I remember when I was pregnant, it was so hard for me to let go and let God when I was so intent on becoming pregnant during a certain season and planning everything to my core and then God had a sense of humor and blessed us with pregnancy in the exact season I was terrified of. I had taken test after test all coming out negative after months and months and months of trying to conceive. Once I finally gave it all to the Lord, we found out we were pregnant.

It's sort of the same boat here with the home right now. Lots of things that are out of our control and it is bending us to our knees more and more praising God for the good and praising Him still when we don't understand. I know this is vague but I'm not quite ready to share fully at this point... soon though.

June 30, 2015

How To: Fishtail Crown Braid


Just popping in today to share a little fishtail crown braid tutorial! I'm wearing my Hidden Crown hair extensions in color 60/8p in this video and used a 1- 1/4 inch Hot Tools curling iron prior to braiding. This is one of my go-to looks this summer for a messy, undone boho style paired with a whimsical maxi dress or even at the pool with a flowy cover up.

And please hang in there with me as I'm learning more about making videos/editing and filming without a mirror... hello ends! Yikes! ;)

Happy braiding!

June 24, 2015

A Functional Diaper Bag


Oh, my sweet angel girl. I look at these pictures and it blows my mind on how big my BABY is now. She started crawling the day we took these pictures and I've loved watching her adjust to that milestone and enjoy being mobile. It's keeping me on my toes, that's for sure!

You've seen here, we started with a Lily Jade diaper bag back when Emery was a newborn and since adjusting to what I really need when being out with her while also being functional, we've added another Lily jade diaper bag (the Madeline) into the rotation with our beloved Jujube one. I've found it's key for me to have one that can be worn as a backpack and over the shoulder because it's so simple to convert and use based on what we're out doing.

I have to say, when we started leaving her in the church nursery or at the gym child care, I was struggling figuring out how to send necessities with her but also only bringing one bag with me so I have my "purse" items. I wasn't able to do that with my Jujube bag and this Lily Jade bag offers that perfectly with the removable insert. I simply fill it with all Emery's goodies, pull that out when dropping her off and then use the bag for my purse... simple and easy. A mom's favorite method!

And because I can't leave you hanging on crawling goodness, scroll down to see a video of Emery doll getting used to her new, moving hands and feet! It's such sweetness!










top- Nobella Grace | jeans- Paige Denim | extensions- Hidden Crown | diaper bag- Lily Jade | romper- Villa & Londyn | headband- Elle Bowtique





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